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Prince Frederick, MD - In what has become a popular Thanksgiving Day tradition in Calvert County, the annual running of the Turkey Trot for the benefit of Project ECHO Homeless Shelter should have a huge field Thursday morning, Nov. 23. The 5 kilometer run/walk is set to begin at 7 a.m., long before the turkey, stuffing, whipped potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie are served.

“It’s been a little hectic,” said Project ECHO Director of Development Teressa Beavers of the flurry of registrations for the sixth annual running of the Turkey Trot. Beavers told TheBayNet.com that as of Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 21 approximately 700 people had registered to either run or walk on Thanksgiving Day. That means the event will exceed last year’s field of approximately 650.

Beavers stated that while the pre-registration “technically ended Tuesday evening,” she was still expecting last minute registrants and even some walk-in registrants Thursday morning.

The race begins and ends at ARC of Southern Maryland on West Dares Beach Road near the intersection with Prince Frederick Boulevard and right across from Calvert Pines Senior Center.

Many participants dress up for the dash. Popular costumes include Native American and Pilgrim attire , and all things turkey—turkey hats, turkey beaks and feathers.

Medals will be awarded to top runners—overall and in several age categories.

The registration fees paid by participants will aid Project ECHO, a 501(c)3 non-profit started in 1992. ECHO stands for Ecumenical Council for the Homeless. After years providing shelter in a rather aged house Project ECHO opened a multi-story building that can provide temporary housing to over 40 people—men, women and children. To learn more about Project ECHO, visit their web site.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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