First Ever Hungry Turkey Trot 5k

October 17, 2013
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Anne Carroll, Marketing Director
Christmas in St. Louis

Inaugural Thanksgiving Hungry Turkey Trot 5K in St. Louis Will Benefit Operation Food Search

ST. LOUIS – October 17, 2013 – To benefit Operation Food Search, Christmas in St. Louis along with Big River Running Company will hold the first Hungry Turkey Trot 5K { on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28) morning in downtown St. Louis.
“We are delighted about the addition of the Hungry Turkey Trot 5K to our outstanding lineup of traditional holiday events and activities,” said Brian Hall, Chairman of the Christmas in St. Louis Foundation for 2013. “We encourage runners of all ages and abilities to participate in our inaugural race that will help Operation Food Search curtail hunger in our community.” Matt Helbig, owner of Big River Running Company, said he was excited about the race and his company’s partnership with Operation Food Search and Christmas in St. Louis. “We are honored to partner with Operation Food Search and Christmas in St. Louis,” said Helbig. “Like a great pair or running shoes, this partnership is really a perfect fit. Our company has always given back to running and both these organizations share that same ‘give back’ spirit” in the community.
Established in 1981 to tackle the growing problem of hunger, Operation Food Search is a St. Louis area food bank that distributes food free of charge to feed the poor and hungry.
“We want to thank Christmas in St. Louis and Big River Running Company for organizing this race on our behalf,” said Sunny Schaefer, Executive Director for Operation Food Search. “Not only will this race help us serve more people but it will generate added awareness about hunger in St. Louis.”
The Hungry Turkey Trot 5K will begin (7:30 a.m.) and end at Kiener Plaza. . All proceeds and food donations will go to Operation Food Search.
Race registrants who donate five canned goods will receive a $5 off coupon to the Hungry Turkey Trot 5K as well as an Inaugural Hoodie. Runners should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the race start.
Hunger Turkey Trot 5K Information
  • Early Bird through October 31 – $32
  • November 1-25 – $37
  • November 26-28 – $42
  • Packet Pick Up Dates/ Times
  • Tuesday, November 26 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 27 – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 28 – 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Packets may be picked up at the following Big River Running Company locations: Big River – West County (14047 Manchester Road, Manchester, MO 63011), Big River – South City (5352 Devonshire Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109) and Big River – O’Fallon (2548 Highway K O’Fallon, MO 63368). Participants may pick up another registrant’s packet.
Thanksgiving Day Parade, Festival of Lights, St. Louis Holiday Magic
The 5K will precede the 29th annual 2013 Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade, which steps off at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, November 28 from the corner of Washington Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown St. Louis.
Prior to the race and parade, the Macy’s Festival of Lights officially kicks off the holiday season in St. Louis. The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, November 22 at the May Amphitheatre in Kiener Plaza.
In addition, the region’s premiere holiday centerpiece – St. Louis Holiday Magic – will be held Thanksgiving weekend (November 29 through December 1, 2013) at the America’s Center.
Christmas in St. Louis is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting activities that inspire people to show their unique holiday spirit while enhancing the texture and heritage of the St. Louis community.
The Christmas in St. Louis Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to assisting and supporting, primarily through promotion and marketing, numerous local charities during the holiday season.