WYOMING — A Thanksgiving tradition is making some changes this year in its effort to battle Cystic Fibrosis.
The CF Turkey Trot typically attracts hundreds of people to the village of Wyoming early Thanksgiving morning. But this year’s plans were affected, like so many similar events, by COVID-19 concerns
The 5k race and walk will still take place Nov. 26 — but with a virtual twist.
“It was difficult to decide what to do with the race this year,” said founder Carrie Bartholomew. “Due to the uncertainty of the times, we did not even discuss trying to hold a modified in-person event.
“However, we know that the race is a tradition for many, and virtual races have become popular this year, so we began thinking about the possibility,” she continued. “When we discovered the Charge app, and knew that we could present a really unique spin on virtual racing, we decided to give it a try.”
The Turkey Trot is still set to start at 9 a.m. as usual. Using the Charge app, participants be able to run or walk from wherever they are located.
The event will start with the National Anthem. There will be live messages and announcements, music, and finish line shout-outs as participants complete their 3.1 miles.
People can contribute messages and photos through the chat option. Bartholomew and the other organizers hope to create the same festive atmosphere they always have, but virtually.
If a person doesn’t want to participate at 9 a.m., they can choose to complete 3.1 miles anywhere and anytime they want within two weeks afterward.
All proceeds will benefit cystic fibrosis charities.
The annual CF Turkey Trot is sponsored by CF Team Natalie. It’s in honor of 8-year-old Natalie Bartholomew, who lives with the disease herself.
Her entire family typically participates in the event — Carrie’s her mother.
“We’ve been fortunate in that our sponsors are loyal and so supportive of our cause,” Carrie Bartholomew said. “They contribute to the success of the event every year, but even more so this time around.
“Slowly, folks are signing up to get ready to log onto Charge Running on Thanksgiving morning and join CF Team Natalie for this live, virtual experience,” she continued. “We’re excited to still offer the event, and we’re thankful to everyone for their support.”
Registration will be open online through race day. Folks who receive a T-shirt can have their shirts shipped or pick them up.
Check www.cfteamnatalie.com to register and for more information on how to download the Charge app. Those interested may also check the “CF Team Natalie” Facebook page.