One of the largest running events in Carlisle steps off again at the Carlisle Family YMCA in a little over a week.

It’s the 17th year for the CenturyLink Turkey Trot, which beings at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving day. Online registration is available through Nov. 19 at the Carlisle Family YMCA website.

Race proceeds benefit the mission of the Carlisle Family YMCA’s commitment to strengthen youth development, healthy living and social responsibility in our community.

Awards will be offered to the most creative team names as well as the winners in different age divisions. Teams will also be able to compete for the Golden Fork in the Tuckey Team Challenge.

Everyone who participates and brings a canned good for Project SHARE will have the opportunity to win personal training, massage or reiki sessions.

Entertainment at the start/finish line includes a photo booth, picture area, balloon artist and face painting. This year, participants can also tell everyone what they are doing on Thanksgiving with a Snapchat geofilter.

Turkey Jay, the unofficial spokesbird for the event who is known in some circles as the Y’s physical director, Jay Cattron, has been busy promoting the race since the summer.

Q. The big day is right around the corner. What have you been doing to get ready?

A. Wow, what haven’t I been doing to get ready should be the question. Let’s see. I got a new suit this year from CenturyLink. I created my workout area with Volvo Construction Equipment. I organized and planned my workout routine with SpiritIntra and Plant Site Logistics, retrieved my stolen turkey suit from Tom at Carlisle Buick GMC, rode around on my PET Carlisle Turkey Mobile and got injured, so had a date with my friends at Casses Chiropractic. Then, I got “lubed up” at Bobby Rahal Automotive Group. I recovered with some water from the Dave Hooke Team and fruit from Giant and, best of all, was back in tip top shape to once again dominate my friend Phil at Red 102.3 in our annual Community Day turkey challenge. Is it Christmas yet?

Q. Why is this event so important for the Carlisle Family YMCA?

A. I would say this is an important event for our Y, yes, but more important to our community. Folks come from all over the area to participate (for their own reasons), but we like to believe it is to support our community. The Y would not be able to impact our area like we do if it were not for the support of the folks who believe in our mission. Whether people are members of our Y or not, we all believe in our community and we are all members of the Y on Thanksgiving morning.

Q. What can people who are coming to the race expect this year?

A. Great weather obviously! I hear it is going to be sunny and 75 on race morning. People can also expect family traditions, great music, friends, family and neighbors all enjoying each others’ company. We will be having the photo booth and face painting again, but we added a balloon artist this year. Almost forgot, the giving away of the 3rd annual Tuckey Team Award Golden Fork!

Editorial note: The weather forecast, according to AccuWeather, is at 53 degrees for a high on Thanksgiving. Please take any weather forecasts from a turkey with a pinch of salt, and a little basil. We’ve heard the temperature is to be 350 degrees for 3-5 hours.

Q. How can non-runners/walkers help out with the race?

A. Line the streets and make some noise! Wake up your neighbors and give the participants some encouragement or you can come down to the finish line at the Y and make some noise with our branded CenturyLink Turkey Trot noise makers. If you want to help out, we are in need of about 100 volunteers between packet pickup and race course help. Contact the Y if interested.

Q. Given how busy Thanksgiving Day is, why should people take some time to participate in the Turkey Trot?

A: Football does not start that early. B: We can all use more exercise in our lives. C: Get out and meet someone new. D: Come support the Y and our community. E: I could keep going but I will end with ... E. You can then justify how much you ate because you exercised.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.