---- — MT. VERNON — Early in the morning on Nov. 16, hundreds of runners and walkers will gather at 2023 Richview Road to support the United Methodist Children’s Home with the UMCH Turkey Trot 5K.
The event will incorporate the city’s new multi-use trail that parallels the south and west border of the UMCH 25-acre campus.
Mayor Mary Jane Chesley will start the race promptly at 8 a.m. by firing her father’s starting pistol. Gerald “Ches” Chesley inspired many young runners in Mt. Vernon and started scores of races with the starter’s pistol the mayor will use to being the UMCH Turkey Trot.
“We are excited to add the bike trail to this year’s Turkey Trot,” said Rany Winn, UMCH development director. “The course still will take us around Cedarhurst, and in front of the Jefferson County Historical Village, but we have modified it to incorporate a trip around our beautiful campus. With the rising interest in running and walking for fitness and fun, we anticipate an increase in participation. We welcome everyone — serious runners, walkers, kids in stollers — to enjoy the fall weather and support the kids of United Methodist Children’s Home.”
This year marks the third year for the event, and the second year the major event sponsor is Community First Bank of the Heartland.
The registration fee is $20 before Nov. 13, and $25 on race day. T-shirts are available for the first 150 who pre-register.
More information on the event may be found on the UMCH website at www.umchome.org/events or by calling race director, Randy Winn, at 242-1070, ext. 223.
The mission of the UMCH is to offer hope, help and healing by providing Christ-centered human services to meet the ever-changing needs of individuals, families and communities. Fundraising efforts like the Turkey Trot 5K help sustain programs and services for youth in the community and beyond.