20th annual Thanksgiving Day 5K and fun run coming up

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Race organizers in local nonprofit runLawrence are preparing to host their 20th annual Thanksgiving Day 5K and 1K fun run.

The run has been a tradition for many families to start their Thanksgiving Day in North Lawrence, race directors Gene Wee and Dee Boeck said via email. It has attracted more than 1,000 participants the past few years, they said.

The 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23. The race starts at Woodlawn Elementary, 508 Elm St., and does a circuit around North Lawrence and the levee.

The free 1K children’s fun run starts at 9:30 a.m.

runLawrence’s mission is to promote safe, fun and family-friendly running throughout Lawrence. This race benefits local elementary school marathon clubs and other youth programs.

“If you are not running, come out and cheer your friends or help as a volunteer,” the race directors wrote.

Registration is $35 per person, or $31 per person for families of three or more, through Nov. 16. It increases to $40 per person beginning Nov. 17. The race will be held rain or shine.

“You can take selfies with the turkey or ear of corn frame cutouts made by local artist Clark Fulton at the Thanksgiving Day Run,” according to the runLawrence website. Get a sneak peek at the cutouts at runlawrence.org.

Find more information — including rules, a course map and when and where to pick up packets — and register for the race at runlawrence.org/TDay5k.html.

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