Turkey Dash Hopes to Raise $25K for Breast Cancer Patients
About 1,200 people are expected to participate in the annual Turkey Day 5K.
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in Avon without the Turkey Dash.
The 8th Annual Turkey Dash, a Thanksgiving-morning 5K run/walk, begins at 9 a.m. at Avon High School, and will raise money for the Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation to provide need-based financial aid to women undergoing breast cancer treatments.
Stacey Rusher, administrator at the foundation, said she expects about 1,200 Turkey-Day trotters this year.
“We’ll probably net about $25,000 for this race,” she said.
The race was started in 2004 by friends of Nakon – who lived in the Red Tail neighborhood and was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was pregnant with her third child – as a way to honor her after her death in 2003.
That first year, Rusher said about 85 runners participated. Through word of mouth, it has grown to the second-largest fundraising event of the year, she said.
“It’s a nice thing to do on Thanksgiving, when you’re thinking about all the things you’re thankful for,” she said. “The race kicks off at 9 a.m., and you can be home basting your turkey by 11.”
The Nakon Foundation has raised more than $76,000 through the Turkey Dash, and the event now accounts for nearly 20 percent of the organization’s annual fundraising, Rusher said.
Rusher said those wishing to participate in the family-friendly race can still register, for $22, at Avon High School Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 5-7 p.m., or on the morning of the race starting at 7:30 a.m.