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  • The annual Stride For Span Turkey Trot draws participants of all ages for a family-friendly race to raise money for local residents going through temporary hardship.
    The annual Stride For Span Turkey Trot draws participants of all ages for a family-friendly race to raise money for local residents going through temporary hardship.

Stride For Span Aims To Make Thanksgiving A Happy Holiday For All

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November 8, 2017

Why did the turkey cross the park? We’re not sure, but we hope we just might find out at the highly anticipated Stride For Span Turkey Trot on Sunday, November 12, at Kinder Farm Park. The family-friendly 5K run/1-mile walk won’t have any actual turkeys participating, but it will bring together participants of all ages to help collect donations and raise funds for SPAN (Serving People Across Neighborhoods) in anticipation of the holiday season.

“The SPAN Turkey Trot is a time-honored tradition, as eagerly anticipated as falling leaves and pumpkin lattes,” said Ellen Kinsella, director of development for SPAN. “Participants love this event. Runners enjoy a professionally mapped-out and timed race, and walkers appreciate being able to bring their strollers and dogs along. The scenic views of Kinder Park on a crisp autumn morning provide the perfect backdrop for an invigorating and fun neighborhood event. And, best of all, everyone feels good that they are helping their neighbors in need.”

Registration for the race is now open on Active (www.active.com) by searching “Stride For Span,” and registration is limited to 225 participants. Registration for the 5K is $35 for adults, $25 for children (18 and under), and $20 for members of a team (four or more). Registration for the walk is $20.

Packet pickup will be on Friday, November 10, between 5:00pm and 7:00pm or Saturday, November 11, between noon and 2:00pm at SPAN’s office at 400 Benfield Road behind Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Severna Park.

On the day of the race, parking will be available at Kinder Farm Park (no entry fee) and runners can congregate as early as 7:30am. The 5K will begin at 9:00am and the walk will begin at 9:30am. Dogs on leashes are welcome.

Money raised from this event will be used to help local residents in emergency situations such as utility turn-offs, court-ordered evictions, medical prescription needs and hunger.

For more information about SPAN and its mission, visit www.spanhelps.org or email spanhelps@yahoo.com.


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