TROY — Organizers of the region’s largest turkey trot will launch a Trot Training Challenge on Monday, September 16 to prepare novice and experienced runners for any of the six turkey trots being held in the Capital Region on Thanksgiving morning.
The 10-week program follows an enhanced version of the well-known Couch to 5K Running Plan and is designed to train participants to complete a 5K or 10K. It is comprehensive, including both injury-prevention and nutritional elements.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the entire community to get involved in a local tradition,” said Troy Turkey Trot Event Director George Regan, explaining that a similar training program for the Freihofer’s Run for Women last spring attracted more than 400 participants. “Based on the popularity of local Thanksgiving day races, especially the Troy Turkey Trot, which had a record field last year, we’re expecting a significant turnout for the program.”
Participants will begin each week with a 6 p.m. Monday night exercise session involving walking, jogging and running at Prospect Park in Troy, followed by Saturday morning runs at 8:30 a.m. at the same location.
Runners are expected to complete a third workout on their own at a time during the week that is most convenient for them.
“The City of Troy is extremely supportive of the Troy Turkey Trot organizers’ efforts, especially with the introduction of a Trot Training Challenge this year,” said Mayor Rosamilia, who officially opened up historic Prospect Park for use by the organization for weekly workouts. “It’s very special for us to invite individuals from all over the Capital Region to our beautiful park to learn how to run.”
Registration for the program is open through October 6. In order to train for the 10K, it is recommended that participants have completed 5K training or are running a minimum of 2-3 miles, three days each week. Weekly emails will outline the week’s workout plan, as well as nutritional, injury-prevention and running/exercise and stretching tips. All participants will receive a free Trot Training Challenge T-shirt.
For those who want to get in shape for a 10K but are unable to commit to the training schedule, a free virtual training program that drew 270 participants last year is also offered. Participants opt-in with their email address through the event website and will receive three workouts a week over a 12-week period.
Content and tips will be provided by the event nutritionist, injury-prevention specialist and certified coaches.
For more information or to register, visit www.TTTrainingChallenge.com. The Trot Training Challenge costs $35. Additional information is also available by calling (518) 273-5552.