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Registration Now Open for 2012 Alexandria Turkey Trot

The standard entry fee for the Nov. 22 race is $20.

Registration is now open online for the 2012 Alexandria Turkey Trot, which will begin for the second straight year at George Washington Middle School on Thanksgiving morning.

The standard race entry fee is $20. Registration for runners ages 13 to 20 is $15, while children under 13 can register for $5. Runners may also purchase a long-sleeve cotton T-shirt or a short-sleeve technical T-shirt for an extra $10 with their registration.

Online 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. 

The 5-mile race is presented by the Del Ray Business Association 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.

DRBA officer John Reynolds said the race will likely be moved to a 9 a.m. start time on Nov. 22 as opposed to the traditional 10 a.m. starting gun because of a request by the city, though the permit still needs to be worked out.

Reynolds also said the finish line may be moved behind George Washington Middle School, but that also remains to be determined.

Del Ray Patch will pass on information about the start time, course and other particulars in the weeks ahead.

To register for the 2012 Alexandria Turkey Trot, visit the event website.

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Annie E September 19, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Is the race going to block off entire streets so residents can't leave their houses by car between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. again?
Drew Hansen (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 03:48 PM
There will be some road closures. As the article says, the race may start an hour earlier this year. Also, John Reynolds also spoke of opening the roads up after the race a little earlier this year. Patch will keep you posted.
John Reynolds September 20, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Annie E - Just like last year, all residents along the route will be personally notified with a flyer at their door at least 10 days prior to the race which addresses all the specific closings. Just like last year, there should be no surprises regarding the closings. I realize that doesn't eliminate the inconveniences, but there is no reason why any resident along the route should not be able to anticipate - and prepare for - the race. Thanks. JR.
McBrinn September 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM
This might come as a surprise John to someone lacking even the most basic sense of self-awareness and their impact on others, but not all of us appreciate being inconvenienced on a national holiday and one of the biggest travel days (eg using a car) no matter how much "notice" we've been provided. Last year I had to BEG an officer to let me (and my wife, two dogs, and 4 kids under 7) to cross the race course in order to get to friends house on time for Thanksgiving. That's just a wee bit more than a minor inconvenience. What if the officer had been a jerk and refused my crossing? My family is supposed to miss our holiday celebration so a bunch of strangers can run around my neighborhood? Or, are you suggesting that for me to enjoy my holiday I must now prepare in advance? Pack my car, move it to another location away from the course the night before, then grab the kids, dogs, and perishables the morning of and double time it to the car? Or should I have my hosts schedule the meal around the race times?
Patrick Smith September 20, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Your life sounds really difficult.
McBrinn September 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM
You sound like you're sharing the same lack of self-awareness.
Anthony September 20, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I agree McBrinn, you are completely lacking in self awareness. Why is it the community's problem, who incidentally make up the majority of the participants in the trot, that you and your extensive clan can't get from here to there on Thanksgiving?
tom blackwood September 20, 2012 at 03:14 PM
It seems to me that one aspect of living in a city/community is that sometimes other members of the city/community get together for events. Not everyone participates in every event but hopefully everyone has some events that they enjoy every year and want to see continued. If an individual’s complaint can stop an event it seems likely that Del Ray would end up having no community events during the course of a year. As you have pointed out, there are things you could do prior to the race to avoid the road closures but that it is a hassle. You just need to decide if the enjoyment of living in the community outweighs the individual hassles incurred during the events that you do not participate in? If not I am sure there are plenty of places outside of Alexandria that do not ask such hardships from their citizens, like maybe Ames Iowa?
McBrinn September 20, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Tom, can I have your address? I'd like to host a heavy metal concert in front of your house on Christmas Eve. I'm sure you won't mind. Most of the attendees are Alexandria residents.
tom blackwood September 20, 2012 at 06:47 PM
There are plenty of events that occur in front or behind my house including this race. I put up with them. As do the vast majority of people in Del Ray. I am getting the feeling that you just like to argue and are willing to use just about any point, no matter how ridiculous or overblown, to keep the argument going. Feel free to attempt your concert but if it is not city supported I might have a problem with it. Much like you seem to have a problem with almost everything (i.e. St. Elmos coffee, DRP pizza, the hours at Grape & Bean, Harris Teeter, road races in Del Ray, casinos in neighboring jurisdictions and I am sure a lot of other things I am leaving out). You can look up my address, or at least the street, since unlike some others I do use my real name on this site. Just be sure to get that city permit before setting up the stage.
Patrick Smith September 20, 2012 at 06:56 PM
That's totally comparable to a 5 mile race around the neighborhood. Kudos!
McBrinn September 20, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Or...I just happen to like good coffee, good pizza, coffee shops that are open in the morning, feces- free grocery markets and many, many, other "unreasonable" things.
McBrinn September 20, 2012 at 07:47 PM
"5 mile race around the neighborhood." Sounds so much more quaint than "4600 strangers descending on my block the morning of Thanksgiving." FWIW- last year my lawn saw people relieve themselves on it and leave trash behind, while my neighbors stated that someone actually parked in my driveway.
Rosemont Rookie September 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Or, you just like to complain.
McBrinn September 20, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Because you wouldn't if a stranger took a dump next to your AC unit?
Drew Hansen (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I'm going to suspend comments on this article because I feel the dialogue isn't headed in a meaningful direction. We'll have more info about the Turkey Trot in the weeks ahead once the final route and start time are determined. I'll try to address the concerns raised in this thread about street closures in a future article.

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