The Greenwich Alliance for Education’s Turkey Trot Returns November 26 – Greenwich Sentinel | Team Cansler

The 12th Annual Turkey Trot returns to Greenwich on Saturday 26th November. The Greenwich Alliance for Education, organizers of the fundraising event for the Greenwich Public School programs, expects nearly 2,000 participants and spectators for the largest community event of Thanksgiving weekend. For the first time in 2022, the First Selectman’s Youth Commission will be actively involved in the event, both as a volunteer and fundraiser.

Competitors can choose to run a 5K or a non-competitive 1-mile run/walk. Both races begin and end at the Arch Street Teen Center at 100 Arch Street and travel through the beautiful flat streets of Bruce Park. The 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, sponsored by Cadillac of Greenwich, starts at 9:30am followed by the 5K at 10:00am. Warm-up and stretching will be offered at 9:00 am.

“The Turkey Trot gets bigger and better every year,” said Julie Faryniarz, Executive Director, Greenwich Alliance for Education. “We look forward to bringing the community back together this November to have fun — and raise funds — for the Greenwich Public School program.” Registration, available online at https://greenwichalliance.org/turkey-trot -2022/ is available until October 31, costs USD 15 for children (under 13 years old) and USD 30 for adults. Adult pricing increases to $35 from November 1st to November 25th. and $40 on race day (November 26). All proceeds from the Turkey Trot directly benefit Greenwich Alliance for Education programs that fund innovation, expand opportunity and inspire teachers to advance the educational success of students at Greenwich Public School.

Another highlight is Allianz’s annual Run For Your School competition, which awards a $500 physical education gift card to the Greenwich school with the highest number of registered runners. The 2021 winner was North Street School.

Faryniarz hopes to leverage the time and talents of the First Selectman’s Youth Commission, a 29-strong community of teens from diverse backgrounds, different schools, different geographic parts of the city and diverse interests, to expand the event’s impact.

“We are delighted to tap into the enthusiasm and energy of the members of the First Selectman’s Youth Commission,” said Julie Faryniarz. “These teenagers can help us with logistics, marketing and fundraising, which will lead to even greater participation from Greenwich public and private students and their families.”

Runners who register by November 11 are guaranteed to receive performance material t-shirts and gift bags. Pre-registerers are advised to collect race materials – bibs, t-shirts and gift bags – from Cadillac in Greenwich on Friday 25th November at 144 Railroad Avenue. Registration for race day is from 8:15am to 9:15am at the Arch Street Teen Center.

Awards and merchandising prizes will be presented to the top three male and female 5K overall winners. The top three male and female finishers in 9 age categories, from under 10 to over 70, will also receive prizes donated by ASF Promotions. All 1 mile finishers receive medals.

The Turkey Trot is the Greenwich Alliance for Education’s largest fundraising event. Cadillac of Greenwich is the primary sponsor for the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk along with all other generous sponsors listed on the Alliance website. Sponsorship of the 5K race is still available. Local businesses interested in publicizing their commitment to education through sponsorship should contact Julie Faryniarz at julie@greenwichalliance.org.

This November, two Cos Cob restaurants are holding special “Food Days” to show their support for the turkey trot. Parishioners are encouraged to visit the Little Pub at 531 E. Putnam Ave, Cos Cob on Wednesday, October 12 for lunch or dinner; and Caren’s Cos Cobber, 31 E Putnam Ave in Cos Cob for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Thursday, November 3rd.

The Greenwich Alliance for Education was formed in 2006 to support the Greenwich Public School system to the Greenwich community. It funds innovation, expands opportunity and inspires educators. Major programs include: Reaching Out Grants, grants awarded for innovative pilot programs in our schools; “Tuning In To Music”, free instrumental music lessons for students who cannot afford the opportunity; “AVID SUCCESS”, major enhancements to the AVID program to address the Opportunity Gap; Early childhood education through the Greenwich United Way Direct Impact Program – Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions. For more information, call 203-340-2323 or visit www.greenwichalliance.org.

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