FOR THANKSGIVING DAY IN SANDBRIDGE
Serious runners, ardent walkers, energetic kids – even the family pooch –eager to burn off calories before hitting the Thanksgiving dinner table will have a chance at the fourth annual Charlie Normile Turkey Trot: Race for the Fallen Nov. 27.
Events for the day include a 5-K race, 26.2-yard Gobble Wobble for kids 5 and younger, and a 1-mile fun run/canine crawl for participants and their dogs. To add to the fun, runners are encouraged to dress in Turkey Day costumes.
The Noblemen will be on site to collect donated toys as well.
The first race kicks off at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving morning at Sandbridge Beach. Packet pickup starts at 8 a.m. or at a to-be-determined site the day before.
This year’s proceeds will be used to establish a memorial honoring the Navy SEALS at Sandbridge. In years past, the race has benefited college scholarships and The Navy Seal Foundation.
The event was created in 2011 by the Normile family of LagoMar who lost their 2-year-old son, Charlie, in a drowning accident. The race has been a way for the LagoMar family to remember their young son’s life, and make a positive impact on their community in his memory. It has also been a healing project for them. The Normiles also lost their 16-year-old son, James, close to a year later in a car accident. An avid surfer, he and his siblings were closely involved in the project to remember their brother.
Last year’s event drew more than 600 to remember, give thanks and celebrate.
Online registration for this year’s race has begun and will continue through Nov. 24. To secure a race T-shirt, participants must register by Nov. 14. Registration can be completed at the race.
Sponsorships and volunteers are also needed.
For more information and to register, go to www.charliesrun.com