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Holiday recreation options

This Thanksgiving holiday will bring a lot more than turkey leftovers, heartburn and a visit from Aunt Iris. Area recreation facilities and community groups are offering a variety of interactive programs to keep the holiday interesting.

Park City Turkey Trot

Anyone looking for a little exercise as a prelude to gorging on turkey dinner may find an answer in the first annual Park City Turkey Trot. Sponsored by the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in conjunction with the Park City Interfaith Council and the Park City Recreation Department, this first-ever-run was designed to help bring the community together.

The 3.4-mile run is free to the public. People are asked only to bring a donation of two cans of food to benefit the Christian Center of Park City Food Pantry.

Spokesperson Johnson said that many members of the community have come together to put the run together. Support from the Wasatch Running Center, hot chocolate from Nutraceutical and organizational support from the Youth WinterSports Alliance’s Shelly Gillwald.

Johnson hopes to make this an annual event and use it to help those in need while providing a family-friendly, exercise-focused event.

The Park City Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, at 8:30 a.m. Registration will open at 8 a.m., or people may preregister by e-mailing the names and ages of participants to parkcityturkeytrot@gmail.com . The race will start at the Park City LDS Stake Center, 2300 Monitor Drive. An awards ceremony will follow the race. The most needed items at the food pantry are pasta, canned fruit, rice, beans, toilet paper, canned corn and other canned vegetables.

Black Diamond Gymnastics and Sports Center

Thanksgiving Camp.

Cool No School camp comes to the rescue once again. Center owner Katy Heddens has made a commitment to offer camps during every school break throughout the year.

"It’s really nice, especially for parents who work and so they don’t have to rearrange their life," she said.

This one will last only one morning, Wednesday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will offer kids plenty of action at the gym. Heddens said that the four-four camp will offer a mix of gymnastics, trampoline fun, rock climbing, games and crafts.

The camp is for ages 3-12 and costs $46. Parents are asked to send their children with a sack lunch, gym clothes (no jeans) and tennis shoes. Space is limited. Register by calling 615-1800.

South Summit Aquatic and Fitness Center

Turkey Brawl Dodgeball

For four year in a row, the folks in South Summit have offered a turkey-themed grudge match. The tournament has traditionally welcomed Kamas and Oakley residents with a handful of Park City and Heber participants, but this year center director Steve Sutherland is encouraging everyone to come out. The tourney follows a round-robin format, followed by a single-elimination-style tournament. Sutherland said that this guarantees each team a minimum of six games.

Sutherland encourages people to round up their neighbors and friends and form a team. These teams may be co-ed, all men or all women. Each team can have up to 12 people on the roster, and 10 people per team can be on the court. Participants must be age 16 or older.

The turkey brawl will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $60 per team and the event will be held in the recreation center’s gymnasium. Registration will be held at the center until Nov. 26. For more information, call (435) 783-2423.


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