Feeling Hot to Turkey Trot? North Carolina’s Annual 5K Just Got a Little Safer
There are two types of people in this world: There are those who run a 5K before gorging themselves full of Thanksgiving glory, and there are those of us who wonder why people do such a thing. If you or your clients are part of the former group, then things are likely looking a little different this year. At least, that’s the case for the 9th annual High Country Turkey Trot.
Held along the Boone Greenway Trail in Boone, North Carolina, the High Country Turkey Trot typically hosts nearly 1,200 runners from several states, but this year’s event will be taking place across multiple social media platforms rather than in person.
Proceeds from the event go toward the Hospitality House of Northwest North Carolina, which plays a vital role in helping individuals go from homelessness to housing — and you know we’re all about helping people become future homebuyers.
“Pivoting to a virtual event was really the only option,” Hospitality House director of development Todd Carter told Go Blue Ridge Radio News. “With COVID-19 infections on the rise, it would be irresponsible to host an in-person gathering that large, outdoors or otherwise.”
After entering online, participants are encouraged to complete the 5K on a path of their choosing in a safe, socially-distanced manner, then post their times on the event’s social channels via Fitbit, Garmin, or other fitness apps. Winners for all divisions will be announced on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. There’s also a Tik Tok turkey dance competition and an Instagram costume contest where entrants with the most “likes” will win gift cards and prizes.
Race bibs and T-shirts (with proper registration) can be picked up via drive-through or mail, and the first 500 entrants will receive 15% off to Mast General Store. For those of you who choose not to run in this year’s race, donations are highly encouraged and can be made on the event website.
“This year looks like no year ever before and we need extra support, from runners and non-runners alike, to meet the challenges that lie ahead,” Carter implored.
Since its beginning in 2011, the event has raised over $230,000 for the Hospitality House, and plans for 2021 are already in the works. Should you or one of your clients decide to participate in the race and fall in love with the majesty of Boone, you’ll quickly find that Boone real estate is in demand. The median home price in this picture-perfect North Carolina mountain town currently sits at $288,353, but don’t wait to catch your breath; this market is expected to jump 7.6% over the next year.
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