Turkey Trot to Start an Hour Earlier

The 37th annual Alexandria Turkey Trot will begin at 9 a.m. this year in an effort to alleviate Thanksgiving traffic.

The 2012 Alexandria Turkey Trot will start at 9 a.m. on Nov. 22, an hour earlier than in previous years.

John Reynolds, the race coordinator with the Del Ray Business Association, said the earlier start time should help alleviate Thanksgiving traffic by getting roads in Del Ray and Rosemont reopened before noon.

The 5-mile race, now in its 37th year, is presented by the DRBA and DC Road Runners. The event is the DRBA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. More than 4,600 runners registered for the 2011 race.

This year’s trot will begin and end at George Washington Middle School for the second straight year. Both the starting and finish lines will be on Mt. Vernon Avenue in front of the school.

For more information on the course, see the attached PDF file on the right.

Online race registration is currently open. Check out Patch's story on registration or visit the Alexandria Turkey Trot website for more details.

Registrants have the option of making a donation to race benefactor ALIVE!, a nonprofit organization consisting of volunteers from more than 40 religious congregations and community groups working to help Alexandrians in need.

This year’s race will once again have special fields for runners with strollers and runners with leashed dogs.

McBrinn September 26, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I'll also add that even with the roads closed 9ish until noonish really doesn't illustrate the extent of the problem. Most hosts aren't ready for their guest to arrive pre race- eg- 8:30 in the morning- and waiting to depart until noon or later to spend Thanksgiving in say Richmond, is too late.
Kathlynne September 26, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Bring it back to Cora Kelly. Was there for years. I live a block away and never had any problems with no parking space or getting out of my neighborhood.
Rosemont Rookie September 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I've never had guests before 11 am on Thanksgiving, so that should be a non-issue. If you're leaving, based on a glance of the route, the worst areas would seem to be in Rosemont between Russel, Commonwealth, Chapman and Cedar or in Del Ray between MV, CW and Monroe. If it's the former, park on Oak or Walnut the night before, make some runners angry and walk a block. If it's the latter, park anywhere east of MV or west of CW. That's a two block walk, tops. The bulk of racers are within 20 minutes of each other. Figure out then that bulk should be done and poof, you're all good. The whole process should take no more than 20 minutes and should make you plus or minus 40 minutes to wherever you want to go...
Rosemont Rookie September 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM
check that, plus or minus 20 minutes
Rosemont Rookie September 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I will say that I'm glad they moved up the time. 10 am is pretty late.
LG September 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM
So McBrinn, because this is a "massive" inconvenience TO YOU, it should be canceled or moved to another date? Is it really that terrible to move your car the night before and walking a block in the morning if you must leave during race time, as Cathryn stated above? Perhaps you should consider moving to, say, a cul de sac in Ashburn, so that you don't have to suffer such "massive" inconvenience from community activities. NIMBY, much?
McBrinn September 26, 2012 at 11:11 PM
LG- why don't you move? I guarantee I've been here longer than you have.
Cathryn S September 27, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Forewarned is forearmed. Look at the route, move the car and enjoy the day. The Turkey Trot is a Del Ray tradition that has been around 37 years and is one of the many events that helps makes our community such a great place to live.
hypocrite September 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Didn't see the comment that was removed, but wondering if McBrinn thinks anyone who posts anonymously is a coward?
Patrick Smith September 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I don't know how McBrinn can stand for such a glaring injustice of having a hard time crossing the road (when s/he was plainly informed that the road was going to be closed off). I think the only recourse here is some sort of hunger strike or march to the sea.
Scooby's Doo September 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Plan ahead, and maybe the night before go out and buy plenty of cheese to go with your whine.
Chalkley September 27, 2012 at 02:34 PM
How are affected Del Ray residents being notified of the planned road closure? I feel they are entitled be served with a formal notice at least a week in advance.
Nate McKenzie September 27, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Tempest in a teapot...
timp4 September 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
So McBrinn, do you also dislike all the other community events in DR such as the Halloween Parade or Art on the Avenue? Its a race, happens once a year, blocks traffic, it is an inconvenience, but only for a short time, and is a great and much enjoyed community event and indeed is part of what makes this such a wonderful area to live. Events like this is part of the fabric of the community.
Derek Zeller September 27, 2012 at 03:18 PM
That is a non-argument to me. Times change, places change. The trot is great for the community as is all the festivals. The area, over the years has changed for the better not worse. This is ONCE a year thing, one day. I for one am proud to point out that my neighbors and I are enjoying the area and boast that we are not a community of shut up doors but of openness and fun! You don’t see that in many communities anymore.
Sarah haut September 27, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Last year, residents who were impacted received flyers. I was one of the people distributing the flyers. I also run the race every year that I am in town. I love that it goes through the neighborhood and that neighbors come out with their coffee to cheer on the runners. There is one group at the intersection of Chapman and Russel road who have turned it into an annual cheering event complete with music. I also love the fact that the race benefits ALIVE - I always buy some extra canned goods to contribute. I appreciate having an excuse to run 5 miles on TG day so I don't feel so guilty about all the food I eat.
McBrinn September 27, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I like the Halloween parade quite a bit. But it doesn't prevent me from leaving my house between 8-12. I think art on the avenue is pretty lame. It's way too crowded, leaves mountains of trash behind, and the vast majority of the vendors are selling cheap, worthless crap. Last year I counted about half a dozen vendors selling cheap t shirts bearing some juvenile reference to marijuana, 'extreme' partying, or something equally sophmoric. It reminded me of the Ocean City boardwalk.
Chalkley September 27, 2012 at 07:59 PM
It is an issue for some people, obviously. No one has said it should be cancelled all together, the first commentor just pointed out that they were glad some action was taken, acknowledging the inconvenience some experience. Some people feel strongly it is inconvenient, so it very much IS to them. You can disagree, but you can't prove someone's experience based opinion to be 'wrong'. It is what it is, all around. I will state again I think anyone with a Commonwealth Avenue address deserves to be officially notified. Not everyone reads the patch. We can't choose who gets to have a heads up on this based on what news circles a person follows, or when they might be in and out of town.
Cathryn S September 27, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Last year I got a flyer days before the event. Worked for me
cathryn_h September 27, 2012 at 09:51 PM
you've never had a guest before 11!? I guess that means no one else has either. brilliant logic eric. i've never been to maine so that must mean no one else has either.
Chalkley September 28, 2012 at 05:00 AM
I live on Commonwealth Avenue and have not recieved a flier in any of my years.
Chalkley September 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Hi Sara, Thank for volunteering to distribute fliers. I am curious how the hundreds of apartments on Commonwealth Ave are covered. My building for instance has controlled access, I am wondering if delivery was short cutted by pinning asingle flier to a lobby board or something, I think each Del Ray resident deserves to be notified with equal effect by recieving notice at their residence, or in the mail. I would be really surprised to see an effort to get every household in my neighborhood recieve a flier this year, but that would be great.
Cathryn S September 28, 2012 at 02:37 PM
They usually do it about a week before the race. You make a good point about the apartment buildings not getting fliers because of secure access. Maybe you could volunteer to distribute fliers in your building.
Vicki September 28, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I have lived on Commonwealth for 11 years. The first year was a bit of a surprise since I didn't know about the race and no fliers were distributed. But the folks who were coming by for coffee just parked across Commonwealth and crossed the street. Not a big deal. Now I just plan ahead and park around the corner. I love cooking with the sounds of the cheering in the background. It is a great tradition and a minor inconvenience that is well worth putting up with.
Roger_T September 28, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I've never gotten a flier in 10 years of living on the course. Neither have any of my neighbors who equally hate the race.
Kim Moore September 28, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I did not receive a flier last year (my house is directly across front of the race's start/stop point) but No Parking signs were posted a few days prior.
Chalkley October 01, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Thanks for your compliment and suggestion. Unfortunately even if I wanted to volunteer, your suggestion is impossible for simple logistical reasons. The only effective way would be to mail them, that is the way most official notices are delivered anyway. I imagine it would save a lot of leg work and time, as well.
Joseph M. October 01, 2012 at 04:45 PM
What's logistically impossible about hanging a flyer on an apartment door? Chinese take-outs have figured it out... Mailing=$$
Vicki October 01, 2012 at 06:49 PM
For those of you who have not received flyers -- just put it on your calendar right before "cook the sweet potatoes." Happens every year on the same day. You've been notified.
McBrinn October 01, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Great advice Vicki! Now how will you notify the remaining 96.8% of Alexandrians who don't read this blog?


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