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Turkey Trot to benefit Christian Center

Thanksgiving traditions usually involve family and friends enjoying each other’s company, sitting on the couch to catch a football game and to eat and abundance of food.

Lululemon Park City wanted to add its own tradition that involved fitness last year and hosted the first annual Turkey Trot at Willow Creek Park.

This year, the tradition continues with the second annual Turkey Trot that will start at 8 a.m., said Michelle Hathaway, manager of Lululemon Park City showroom.

The event is free to the public. Although there is not registration fee, Hathaway asks that participants bring a nonperishable food item.

"The title we’re giving the Turkey Trot this year is ‘Thanks for Giving,’ because we are going to donate all the food we get to the Christian Center of Park City," Hathaway told The Park Record. "We want to replenish the center after the Thanksgiving rush, so they’ll be up and ready to go during December.

"We’re not sure how much food we received last year, but we did fill up my whole trunk and took it over," she said.

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The route this year will run throughout Willow Creek neighborhood.

"It will be a quick out and back, but it will be fun," Hathaway said.

The event attracted 80 participants, which was a shock to Hathaway.

"We didn’t really market it," she said with a laugh. "We just did some grass-roots promotion about giving the community a healthy opportunity to start out the holidays."

Just because it’s called a Turkey Trot, doesn’t meant people have to run the course, Hathaway explained.

"The race will not be timed, so anyone can come do it," she said. "It’s a formal event that is really informal. Last year we had adults, kids and pets."

Lululemon, which was first established as a yoga company, has expanded its mission to include a variety of healthy outreach programs, and the Turkey Trot fit within its philosophy.

"All of the classes and services we do in the community are complimentary," she said. "They are all designed to help the public with fitness, health and wellness, so we can live happy lives.

"Park City is already an active community, but offering free events like the Turkey Trot give people opportunities to do something they may not have done before," Hathaway said. "I also like the fact that we can partner with businesses to further those programs."

The first Turkey Trot emerged from Lululemon’s Ambassadors program.

"It includes eight community leaders who are into fitness, and our running ambassador, Whitney Kozlowski, who came up with the idea and brought it to us," Hathaway said. "We took that idea and, so to speak, ran with it."

The idea of making the 5K a food drive just sort of happened, Hathaway said.

"Since we offer our community events for free, we thought why not ask people to bring in some canned foods," she said. "I mean, we all have something in our cabinets and we thought it would be another good way to give back to those who serve us."

Lululemon chose the Christian Center, because, Hathaway said, it was the first organization that came to mind.

"However, we’re open to donating items to any place things are needed," she said. "We do want to keep it as local a possible."

Lululemon will host the second annual 5K Turkey Trot at Willow Creek Park on Thursday, Nov. 22, at 8 a.m. Although registration is not required, everyone is invited to bring canned or other nonperishable food items to enter the race. The food will then be donated to the Christian Center’s food bank. For more information, visit http://www.lululemon.com .