Troy Turkey Trot Gives Back to Community
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 -- Representatives from the City of Troy and Troy Turkey Trot gathered at Troy City Hall this morning to share $21,750 with regional non-profit organizations.
The funds, which were donated by participants during online registration with support from Pioneer Bank, included $15,000 for the Trot’s two primary non-profit groups — the Regional Food Bank of NENY and Joseph’s House and Shelter, Inc., a Troy-based not- for-profit whose mission is to prevent and alleviate homelessness.
A second check for $6,750 was donated to an additional 10 non-profits through the event’s Volunteer Incentive Recruitment Program.
According to the Regional Food Bank of NENY, Trotters donated 1,534 pounds of non-perishable food items, which equates to 1,278 meals, setting a new Trot food collection record!
This year’s Trot featured 6,405 participants from 36 states (including Puerto Rico) and six nations, who participated in the Capital Region’s only Thanksgiving 10K, as well as a 5K (complete with costume contest and prizes), Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk.
The Troy Turkey Trot began in 1916 as a way to support American service veterans and has been held 16 times between 1916-1963 and continuously since 1964.