turkey-orangeCelebrate a wonderful family holiday in a healthy manner that lets you enjoy your friends and family, your community and fresh air. Frequently Turkey Trots are community fund raisers and are scheduled for mid-morning on Thanksgiving Day – while the turkey is roasting and before the football game begins, the family can get out doors. A great opportunity to have some fun togethercelebrating things for which you are thankful while supporting a good cause.

You will want to run safely with a few precautions. Turkey Trot day is not the time to break in a new pair of shoes! Wear some sturdy ‘old-friend’ shoes that fit well and will take you through the Trot successfully. Dress for the weather so that you don’t go home overheated or cold, with the possibility of losing upcoming holiday time to illness.

If you are not in condition for running due to no pra

ctice, previous injury or health issue, choose a safe level of participation. A well organized Turkey Trot will have a “Walk” section that you may be able to enjoy without risk to your health.

Wearing costumes for Turkey Trots is an honored tradition for many events and adds to the fun gained from having one more light-hearted day before we head into winter. Some Turkey Trots offer prizes for the best costume. Some events have costumes ready for participants in exchange for donations to the cause of the day.

Going to the Turkey Trot with friends extends the social aspects of the day. After the trot, maybe most will head back to family, but will have good stories to share over the traditional feast. Some friends may run in the Trot together and continue the camaraderie at a special friends’ thanksgiving day together.

The seasonal timing for Turkey Trots can be refreshing because of the cooler weather. The run can be a 5k to 10k run or a longer marathon. Good organizers have sections of the event that are labeled “Walk” which are even more pure social activity for older people, strollers and dog walkers who are out for the fresh air and the good cause. Participants usually pay an entry fee as part of the fund raising program. They can get sponsors for certain accomplishments such as timed events or simply finishing the race. Some Turkey Trot sponsors bring food, water, prizes and special T-Shirts or hats to commemorate the day.

Think about adding ‘green’ aspects to your participation on the Turkey Trot. Carry a re-usable water bottle or look for recycle bins along the route for disposable empties (water or juices are often donated for runners). Recycle your costume as a donation to a local thrift store or a listing on eBay or Craigslist. You may be able to snag a neat costume from someone else using these same resources so you have a different one next year. If the Turkey Trot that you choose is making some recycling donation part of the event, bring the used items they suggest such as paper, plastic, shoes or even reusable coats to donate.

The idea of a Thanksgiving event arranged around a ‘fun run’ began in the 1940s. Annual runs became popular during the 1960s. Since then, Turkey Trot events have become more common.

The turkeys in the images above was made by a friend who ‘tested’ the directions at this clever craft page. She found they work very well. You can enjoy the activity yourself (our friend found that grown-up feet and hands make a good-sized turkey) or have some fun with the kids at your house during the holidays. Tracing their FEET in shoes provides shapes that make the turkey body while many helping hands traced on colorful paper go together to create the turkey’s tail and wings. Even the scraps are useful for turkey FEET, wattle and eyes.

Everyone at Hoosier Foot and Ankle is thankful to have worked with our patients in the five clinics around Indianapolis. We’re looking forward to being there for patients old and new throughout the holiday season and for 2012. We appreciate it so very much when patients share their experiences at Hoosier Foot and Ankle with friends and family who need foot care.