Keeper of the Plans

Yes, the Turkey Trot is sponsored by a turkey company

Runners in a past year’s Turkey Trot, sponsored by Honeysuckle White.
Runners in a past year’s Turkey Trot, sponsored by Honeysuckle White. File photo

It only makes sense that the Turkey Trot, Wichita’s oldest road race, is sponsored by a turkey company.

Honeysuckle White, a turkey brand under the Cargill Protein umbrella, has sponsored the Turkey Trot for many years, said Kary Nye, whole bird business manager for Cargill Protein.

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The first 2,000 registrants for this year’s Turkey Trot are given a coupon for $25 off a whole Honeysuckle White turkey, “which should cover the full price,” Nye said.

“The running community … can often be a healthy, fit and active group of folks – that in a lot of ways aligns with our turkey products,” Nye said. “We find it a perfect fit to sponsor a group of runners with a lean and healthy protein.”

We find it a perfect fit to sponsor a group of runners with a lean and healthy protein.

Kary Nye, whole bird business manager, Cargill Protein

The Turkey Trot, which will be run for the 41st year on Nov. 19, has moved locations many times in its history. This year will be the first time it’s been held at Century II, complete with an indoor start and finish.

That way, in case it’s freezing outside that morning, “the frozen icicles off of people’s beards will melt a little quicker,” Nye said.

Another first in 2016: The Turkey Trot is being run on a Saturday instead of the traditional Sunday.

The after-party for the Turkey Trot will include inflatables, a photo booth, games and more fun for whole family.

Keeping with tradition, runners can elect to do either the 10-mile or 2-mile run that day, and all finishers receive a medal.

Run organizers have added a “Tiny Turkey Trot” this year – a 250-foot dash for kids 6 and under.

Participants are encouraged to bring a jar of peanut butter for the Kansas Food Bank when they come.

For more information on next week’s Turkey Trot, visit www.wichitaturkeytrot.com.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

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