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Turkey Day race comes to Clifton Park

St. George’s starts up 5K as a fundraising effort

— Runners looking to put some miles in before indulging in Turkey Day have a new option this year.

St. George’s Elementary School in Clifton Park will host a 5K on the morning of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22. It joins a tradition pioneered by Turkey Trots in Saratoga Springs, Troy and Delmar.

“We’ve had a lot of people say it will be nice to have a race right in Clifton Park,” said Jennifer Curtis, one of the event organizers. “We’re very excited.”

Curtis has a daughter who graduated from St. George’s and her son is currently a student. Curtis helps with fundraising and was inspired to put together the 5K after losing a close friend who was a runner. He always did a race on Thanksgiving, so Curtis thought maybe the race could benefit both his family and St. George’s scholarship fund. But with the one-year anniversary of her friend’s death approaching, his family decided to spend Thanksgiving outside the area, Curtis said, so the race will solely benefit St. George’s.

Approved by the Town Council in early October, the race will start at St. George’s on Route 146. Runners will continue to Moe Road, then turn on to Clifton Park CenterRoad. They’ll enter the Shenendehowa campus by Tesago Elementary, run through campus to the main entrance on 146, and then turn right on Route 146 to finish back at St. George’s.

“It’s a very doable course,” Curtis said. “It’s very flat. There’s not even a hill.”

Curtis said organizers are hoping the event, in which entrants can walk or run, appeals to people looking for a race as well as those looking to support St. George’s. The private elementary school offers kindergarten and first grade; Curtis enrolled her children there to take advantage of the full-day kindergarten, which Shenendehowa doesn’t offer. Although she calls herself a public school advocate — her daughter now attends Shenendehowa schools, and Curtis is a Shen grad herself — she couldn’t say enough about the opportunities her children enjoyed at St. George’s.

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