Turkeyfoot Trot adds fun challenge to include local businesses

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor.

The 13th annual Turkeyfoot Trot 5K Run/Walk from St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky is, like many events this year, going virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The running and walking is still happening, however, with a scavenger hunt along the way.

Karen Zengel, executive director, said she and her team have created 5K routes throughout Northern Kentucky that pass by the event’s business sponsors. Participants can walk or run the 5K anytime between Nov. 12 and 22.

The scavenger hunt challenges participants to find the local businesses along the different routes and take pictures with the Turkeyfoot Trot sign placed at each sponsor to earn prizes that are normally awarded at the event after party. For every picture taken with St. Vincent de Paul tagged on social media, the person will be entered to win a prize. Ms. Zengel also said that finishing the 5K route also makes you eligible to win a prize.

“We wanted to make it a virtual event but still preserve some of the parts of the event that set us apart from others,” said Ms. Zengel. The local business focus keeps the community-oriented aspect of the event that an after-party would have provided.

Ms. Zengel said, “I’m excited about seeing people get out in the community in a safe way and supporting our ministry but also supporting local businesses, who are showing compassion by being part of this event with us.”

The event is presented by Commonwealth Bank and Trust and Payroll Partners. All funds raised are given back to individual parish conferences of St. Vincent de Paul.

Registration is available online only through the svdpnky.org home page. The price to register is $30 for adults and $25 for children 14 years or younger. For more information or to donate, contact Lou Settle at 446-7727 or [email protected]