Virtual – 44th Annual Ray Barbuti Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 2020

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How do I register?  Visit our virtual race website:

Registration – Virtual 5K & 1Mile 2020

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The Ray Barbuti Turkey Trot is an annual 5k and 1mile event hosted by the Morris Memorial – a youth and community center in Chatham NY.

Help keep the tradition alive at this year’s virtual event!  We encourage everyone interested to join us in getting out on the road or trail, creating a healthy appetite for your holiday feast while supporting our organization and the greater Chatham community.

This year’s course location:

Wherever you want!  For this virtual event, pick your favorite 5k or 1mile destination and record your own time.

The Morris hosts this race primarily for health, enjoyment and to promote community. We ask participants to use the honor system in recording their own distances and times for both the 5k and 1mile races.  Results can be posted using the “Results” tab on the race website.  

Race submissions accepted between 7am on 11/26 through 6pm on 11/28.

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History:

The Turkey Trot, which typically begins and ends at the Morris Memorial on Park Row in Chatham, has been a fixture in the Chatham community from its inception at the Chatham Fairgrounds by founder Bill McDowell. The course in later years ran from Crellin Park through the streets of Chatham until several years ago when it was moved to the Morris Memorial.
Bill McDowell got the idea for the race from a news article that was written about Ray Barbuti by a local writer. Rather than going to races outside of the Chatham area on Thanksgiving, he thought it would be fun to organize his own. The very first Turkey Trot took place on the horse track at the Chatham Fairgrounds in 1977. Local Chatham High School student and runner, John Stimmel, ran solo in the one mile event and Bill McDowell was the lone participant in the 3-mile race, while two spectators, Ray Barbuti and Coach Ed Knight looked on. Bill happily phoned the race results in to a local radio station declaring himself and the young Mr. Stimmel the winners of the first annual Ray Barbuti Turkey Trot! The rest is history. The race draws most of its entries from the local communities around Chatham. The race features families who have made this event an annual Thanksgiving tradition.
For many years Kim Costigan, a Chatham elementary school teacher, local resident and a neighbor of Mr. Barbuti’s while growing up, has had her fourth grade students create handmade awards to be given to top finishers of the 3 mile event. These coveted awards have become a special part of this time-honored tradition.
The event is named for Ray Barbuti, the 400 meter gold medalist in the 1928 Olympics in Germany, who made his home in Chatham later in life. He lived first on Kinderhook Street in Chatham and later moved to Queechy Lake in Canaan. Mr. Barbuti died at the age of 83 in 1988.

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