From the Residences at Bulle Rock:
On Thanksgiving morning, Havre de Grace-area residents can burn off some calories before the big feast and raise money for a great cause by participating in the 7th Annual Bulle Rock Turkey Trot benefiting the Susquehanna Hose Company.
Open to the public for all age groups and fitness levels, the 5K run and 1-mile walk will occur Thursday, Nov. 28, at the Residents’ Club at The Residences at Bulle Rock (1200 Bulle Rock Pkwy.). Registration will begin at 8 a.m., a warm- up will occur at 8:45 and the races will kick off at 9:00.
The 5K course will weave through The Residences at Bulle Rock and Bulle Rock Golf Course on paved roads and paths. A costumed turkey will greet participants and cheer them on at the finish line. The course will be well marked with monitors along the way, and Elite Race Management will record each participant’s finish times.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be going into our seventh year with the event,” said Brenda Desjardins, a spokeswoman for The Residences at Bulle Rock. “We have seen many of the families participating since the first race and, with the inclusion of Elite Race Management and the chip timing system, serious runners are taking advantage out the fabulous course throughout the Bulle Rock community.”
The 1-mile walk will share a common path with the 5K before taking a different route through the community on paved roads and paths. Strollers, pets, roller skates and wheeled devices will be allowed on this course, but not the 5K course.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., prizes will be awarded to 5K winners in the following age categories: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30 -39, 40-49, 50- 59 and 60+. What’s more, the youngest and the oldest participants will receive an award.
Throughout the morning, there will be equipment and fire safety demonstrations by the Susquehanna Hose Company, which is responsible for the fire protection services for the City of Havre De Grace. Known as, ”The Fastest Volunteers in the Nation,” the Susquehanna Hose Company consists of five firehouses that operate five engines, tower, rescue, mini-pumper, three boats, a dive unit, swift water unit and four utility vehicles.
“The Residences at Bulle Rock continues to step to the plate as good citizens and neighbors in the City of Havre de Grace,” said Susquehanna Hose Company Chief Scott Hurst. “Not only do they put forward this effort for fundraising on our behalf on Thanksgiving Day, we are grateful for their support on a daily basis.”
The first six Bulle Rock Turkey Trots raised over $68,000, which was used to purchase new emergency equipment for The City of Havre de Grace and the Susquehanna Hose Company, including Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), carbon monoxide detectors for those who can’t afford them, hydraulic rams, rescue and escape units, as well as cash proceeds.
HeartSmart is coordinating registration for the event with entry fees as follows: $25 until Nov. 25; $30 on race day ($10 discount at either level for runners age 10 and under). The registration price includes goodie bags, refreshments and prizes for all participants, as well as long-sleeve logo T- shirts for participants registered before Nov. 15. Registration will be capped at 500 participants. For more information, call Kathy Harper at 410.939 8700, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.BulleRockTurkeyTrot.com.