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Annual Turkey Trot to benefit arts center

Published 5:44 pm, Saturday, November 17, 2012
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The second annual Rowayton Turkey Trot takes off on Thursday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m. from Bayley Beach, 11 Pine Point Road, Rowayton.

This year's charity 5K/1-mile family fun run/walk will benefit the Rowayton Arts Center. Prizes will be awarded to the first male, female, girl, boy and child in stroller to cross the finish line. There also will be a prize for the best Thanksgiving costume worn by a participant.

The fee is $20 for adults with strollers prior to race day and $30 day of race; $10 for ages 9 to 17; free for kids 8 and under. Full registration information is available at www.rowaytonartscenter.org. Registration forms also can be picked up at RAC, 145 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton.

Sponsors include Darien-Rowayton Bank, Runners' Roost, SoNo Marketplace, State Farm Insurance and Triple S Carpet & Drapery Cleaners.

Rowayton residents Paul Wolters and Cameron Letters, the event organizers, say that the idea for a Turkey Trot occurred when they returned from a Thanksgiving Day run in another town and thought a road race should take place in Rowayton to a local nonprofit organization. They tested the idea last year, sending emails inviting friends to join them in a race on Thanksgiving morning.

"As a seaside town with diverse architecture, winding roads along the Long Island Sound and interesting topography, there's no better neighborhood in Connecticut to host a road race than Rowayton," Wolters said in a release. "Besides the general appeal of its seaside locale, Rowayton is a community that supports a good cause and really comes together."

The RAC was selected as the beneficiary because "it's been a community cultural hub for more than 50 years," Letters said in a release.

"In its 106-year-old building, RAC hosts 10 exhibitions each year, a popular holiday gift show, lectures and musical events plus classes and workshops for creative people of all ages. RAC also presents cooperative arts events with other community organizations and underwrites arts education programs for youngsters," Letters said.