Chasing Turkeys in Lynnfield—6th Running of the Lynnfield Rotary 5K Turkey Trot
Yes, turkeys are the awards for this wonderful holiday 5K, running on Sunday, November 23, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Six years of tradition, lots of contributions to local charities, and one heck of a great time for you and your family. It begins and ends at the wonderful MarketStreet Center in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, one of the nicest communities on the North Shore.
Posted Wednesday, 12 November, 2014
The Lynnfield Rotary 5K Turkey Trot is a wonderfully warm, inclusive festival for families getting together over the holidays. Running on Sunday, November 23, 2014, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, this regional tradition has, over the years, contributed to many family’s enjoyment of Thanksgiving week and has developed some great traditions since its founding in 2009. Lynnfield Rotary does a terrific job with plans and preparations, and the move last year to the impressive MarketStreet Center only added to the charm and ambiance of the event.
King’s Bowl America sits within the MarketStreet Center complex at 600 Market Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940, and King’s will be race headquarters for the race, including packet pick-up beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continuing to race time at 9:30 a.m. King’s has 21,000 square feet of entertainment space, and as such will be the ideal location for the post race celebrations and awards. http://www.marketstreetlynnfield.com/
Speaking of awards, they provide turkeys to the overall women’s and men’s winners plus all age division winners (10-year divisions through 80+). Don’t delay in signing up, however, because only the first 300 to register will receive the colorful custom race T-shirts. Walkers are welcome to participate, so nearly everyone can get involved.
The traditional 5K road race kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and runs a single loop through lovely Lynnfield, touching on many of the unique sites and local landmarks that make Lynnfield special, and it includes tours though some of the quiet neighborhoods of Lynnfield.
The 5K race begins at the town green near MarketStreet Center and runs up Walnut Street to West Way, to Fernway and Atherton Circle, then Trickett Road to Summer Street, then returns to the MarketStreet Center on Walnut.
Yankee Timing Company will provide B-tag (race chip is in the number bib) timing with the state-of-the-art Chronotrack system, so results will be immediate and accurate, no matter what the weather brings.
The event has strong and ongoing support from sponsors, many of whom have been involved from the beginning. This enables the Lynnfield Rotary Turkey Trot to provide excellent prizes and amenities while keeping race fees low. Still, don’t wait to register because you can save $5.00 by registering in advance, either online or by mail. Check out the race website for either on-line registration or a downloadable, mailable application. www.coolrunning.com/major/14/lynnfieldturkeytrot/
Come Enjoy the Morning at the Lynnfield Rotary Turkey Trot
MarketStreet Center provides a lot of options for before and after the event, and you won’t want to miss the post race gathering at King’s with awards, refreshments and family activities. What a great race venue! It makes a wonderful location to gather your family at the holidays and share in the fun.
Even if they are not running there is something for everyone in the family to do. Everyone should come, including Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa and all the kids. This year make it part of your family’s tradition.
The bottom line is that there is a warm and welcoming attitude and atmosphere, thanks to the Lynnfield Rotary Club and all the terrific volunteers. You won’t be in a hurry to get back to your car to go home – you’ll want to hang around and soak up the good vibes with your family and friends.
The Lynnfield Rotary 5K Turkey Trot has become an area staple, drawing people from all over the region. Come and join the fun. It is one of the best turkey trots on the North Shore and runs in one of the very best of locations.
What is Rotary Club?
The name Rotary came from the early practice of “rotating” meetings between the offices of the few members. Rotary Clubs, especially in New England, have become more and more involved in road race events as a means of fundraising for their charitable causes.
The Lynnfield Rotary Club is part of Rotary International. The club provides scholarships and donates to charitable causes locally and around the world. Internationally there are 1.3 million members with representation in more than 160 countries with over 30,000 clubs on six continents. Since their founding in 1905 they have been dedicated to world peace and to helping those in need. It was the world’s first service club. They were involved in the formation of the United Nations and remain dedicated to that body today, especially with their support of UNESCO.
Proceeds from the Lynnfield Rotary 5K Turkey Trot go to a variety of worthwhile charities. Few organizations can match Rotary for charitable giving and community involvement.
The Town of Lynnfield
Lynnfield is living history. In many ways, it has not changed in nearly 300 years. Throughout the village, on every road and lane on adjourning farms, there is a palpable sense of history and tradition. It was once two distinct villages; Lynnfield Center was mostly an agricultural town, and Lynnfield Crossing was more of a commercial location.
Lynnfield was settled in 1638, and chartered/incorporated in 1814. It sat on the “Newburyport Turnpike”, which was the main stagecoach road from Boston to Portsmouth. Subsequently that general route became US Route 1. Both I95 and route 128 go through town making it very easy to get to today.
The Ipswich River serves as the northern boundary, and Lynn Woods Reservation is partially within the town on the southwest corner. H.P. Hood Dairy’s corporate headquarters is in Lynnfield, and it has been home to many, many Boston Red Sox players and Boston Bruins as well, including Carl Yastrzemski, Pedro Martinez, Rico Petrocelli, Mike Millbury, Don Sweeney, Steve Kasper, and others.
In Lynnfield there is a sense of small town America as it once was, and as it should be—with open space, ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and thoughtful planning.
You can tell the Rotary folks really love the event and are very proud of it. Come and share it with them. Why don’t you come to Lynnfield on Sunday, November 23 for the 6th annual Lynnfield Rotary 5K Turkey Trot and see for yourself what the buzz is all about. www.coolrunning.com/major/14/lynnfieldturkeytrot/