In what has truly become an annual tradition in Orange, the Rotary Club of Orange will be holding its fifth annual Thanksgiving Day 5k Road Race and 2-Mile Walk on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23. Whether you are a competitive runner, a casual jogger or just like to go for a nice walk on a beautiful autumn day, this event is sure to be one that you will enjoy participating in. Each of the past four years, the number of participants has grown signifcantly, making this one of our most important and successful fundraisers.

The race will take place on a scenic USATF certified and sanctioned course and will start at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd., and run through Orange with a finish back at the Community Center.

Awards: Trophies to the top male and female finishers overall. Medals to the top three male and female finishers in each division. Divisions 5K Run (12 & Under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+). Finisher Ribbons for Walkers. Top quality T-Shirts to all PRE-REGISTERED participants. Refreshments will be served after the race. There is ample parking. Timing and Results by FastTrack Timing, LLC. The following are the logistics for signing up and race day information.

5K Run - 8:00 Am

Fun Walk - 8:05 Am

Entry Information

$25 by Nov. 17 or $30 after and on race day.

Early packet pickup and late registrationis Wednesday, Nov. 22, at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd., Orange, CT from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

To register - go to: www.rotarycluboforange.org or www.fasttracktiming.com

GPS Directions: Enter the following address on your GPS:

525 Orange Center Rd, Orange, CT 06477

Race organizer and tri-athlete Carl Russell (don’t worry, he’s not running in the race) has been the driving force behind this event since its inception five years ago. Thanks to his hard work, leadership and commitment to the success of the race, it has become a “don’t miss” race for participants from both near and far.

The funds raised from this event will go toward supporting several of the Orange Rotary’s initiatives both locally and abroad. Locally, Rotary provides dictionaries to every third grader in Orange, register area children in the Amber Alert ID Program and make much needed donations to support the town food pantry, energy assistance programs and others.

The last five years the Rotary has participated in “Operation Warm” and donated thousands of coats to area schools and shelters to help keep underprivileged kids warm. Additionally, the club awards $6,000 in college scholarships annually to high school seniors from Orange.

Internationally, our fundraising efforts support clean water projects around the globe, donating funds for heart surgeries for hundreds of needy children and the ongoing fight against polio which still represents a threat to populations in many countries.