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Turkey Trot lives

Steve Yingling

The Turkey Trot is on again.

Originally a budget a casualty for the city of South Tahoe Parks and Recreation Department, the three-decade-old event has been revived by community generosity and scheduled for Nov. 22 at Bijou Community Park.

“We were really disappointed this was one of the programs that we had to cancel, and we are excited to get it back,” said John Collins, a sports coordinator for the recreation department. “We’re all excited that so many people came forward. Obviously it meant a lot to people in the community.”

According to Collins, the Tahoe Mountain Milers will staff the event, meaning only one recreation employee will be needed. Also, Tahoe Fracture Clinic will purchase the prizes, the South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club will help with insurance costs and the Tahoe Daily Tribune will donate advertising.

The varying runs for 3-year-olds to adults begins at 11 a.m. Nov. 22. Registration begins at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $2 per entrant.

Collins estimates the community donations will save his budget-strapped department $1,100.

“We’re going to use the entry fees for seed money for next year, so we may not have to go out and solicit for prizes,” he said.


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