35 ‘Trots’ Around Norwood!
by Michele Taranto
For Norwood runners, Thanksgiving is not just a time to lounge and enjoy a massive meal. While the ovens are gearing up for the biggest feast of the year, the Annual Turkey Trot gives an opportunity to tour Norwood neighborhoods just before it is stripped of its magnificent fall foliage in this pre-holiday event. The Sunday before Thanksgiving, athletes lace up their sneakers with Norwood’s infamous pre-Thanksgiving tradition.
This year is exceptionally special. Last year’s trot was cancelled due to COVID-19 related health restrictions. It was a holiday standard that was surely missed by local runners, and a most welcome return this year. The 35th Norwood Turkey Trot again be live this year on Sunday, November 21, 11 a.m., beginning and ending at Norwood High School, 245 Nichols St. Non-refundable pre-registration ends November 18, 11:59 p.m., with a $30 race fee. Cost is $35 the day of the event. Register at www.runsignup.com. The Kids Trot hits a signal gun at 10:30 a.m., and is FREE!
Once Halloween is over, the anticipation begins to build. For over three decades, Turkey Trot participants hold their Thanksgiving cravings and adults, teenagers, kids and families “trot” their way through the familiar streets of their hometown. Athletes are invited to run individually or with a team. Young runners can even join the event with the Kids Trot that begins just prior to the main race at 10:30 a.m. There will be a 100-yard dash for kids five years old and younger and a 1/4 mile run for kids nine years old and younger. These events are free, but must be registered at www.runsignup.com. Unfortunately, this race is for two-legged runners only, no dogs are allowed on the course.
The four-mile route is both challenging and charming as it leads runners down Nichols St., winding around the Willett Parkway neighborhood and finishing with cheering crowds at Norwood High School. In previous years, the race has included over 700 participants, many who call Norwood home and some travel from as far as Cape Cod and northern Massachusetts. Computerized timing will be provided by Harrier Race Management.
Runners of all ages are welcome to participate in the race. Cash awards will be presented to the overall top three male and female finishers (top team M & F, top master M & F, top senior M & F) and medal awards for the top three male and female finishers in each age group (no double dipping). Long-sleeve t-shirts will also be given out to the first 200 pre-registered runners.
Not a runner? Join in the fun by grabbing a lawn chair and cheering on your local athletes, especially the homes along the race route! Who knows, you may be so motivated, you’ll find yourself soon training for next year’s trot!