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Burn off that bird

Local events let people run, walk or dance away those Thanksgiving calories

The Bethlehem Turkey Trot is a low-key community race that benefits the local food pantry and burns off some calories leading up to the big meal.

The Bethlehem Turkey Trot is a low-key community race that benefits the local food pantry and burns off some calories leading up to the big meal.

— “It’s just another great event for the community that I think has become a Bethlehem tradition,” said Guastella.

There are other ways to put some pep in your step this Thanksgiving.

This will be the second year Judy Lasher will be holding a 90-minute Zumba session in Slingerlands on Thanksgiving morning. Lasher said she decided to hold the morning class after hearing from people who were looking to shed calories before the big feast but weren’t big on running.

“People want to eat a big meal, and now they can work out and not feel guilty,” she said.

Typical Zumba sessions last one hour. Lasher said she increased the time because of the large portion people typically eat on Thanksgiving.

“It’s a holiday surrounded by eating food,” she said.

The workout can help the average person burn about 750 calories, depending on a person’s size and their fitness level.

The event runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Community United Methodist Church in Slingerlands. The cost is $10 per person, and $5 for kids under 11.

“People are intimated, but once they come, they realize this is something they can do,” she said

For those too busy to work out on Thanksgiving day, the sixth annual “Run off that Turkey-Trot 5K” takes place two days later at Altamont Elementary School.

The race will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. The course is U.S. Track and Field certified and will be timed. To pre-register for the race, visit www.active.com.

“It got started because the Saturday after Thanksgiving nothing is going on,” race organizer Phil Carducci said. “I have been doing a lot of races over the years, and this has been one of my favorites.”

Carducci said the course is fairly flat, with no major hills, but heading toward the finish line there is an incline up Main Street in the village. The race usually attracts around 300, which is somewhat dependant on the weather that morning. He said this year’s race is on track to have around 350 people running or walking.

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