11th Greenwich Alliance for Education’s Turkey Trot Returns as In-Person Event, Nov 27, 2021

On the road again! The 11th annual Turkey Trot returns as an in-person event on Saturday, November 27, 2021, following a COVID-related one-year hiatus.  The Greenwich Alliance for Education, organizer of the fundraising event for Greenwich Public School programs, expects nearly 2,000 participants and spectators for the largest community event of the Thanksgiving weekend.

Registrants can choose from either a 5K race or a non-competitive 1 mile run/walk. Both races begin and end at the Arch Street Teen Center at 100 Arch Street, and pace through the beautiful flat roads of Bruce Park. The Cadillac of Greenwich 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 9:30am, followed by the HSS Stamford 5K at 10:00am.  Warm-up and stretching will be offered at 9:00am. 

“We are delighted to host the Turkey Trot again as an in-person event,” said Julie Faryniarz, Executive Director, Greenwich Alliance for Education. “It’s wonderful to be able to bring the community together to have fun while fundraising for Greenwich school programming for students from infancy through college graduation and into the work force.”

Registration, which is available online at www.greenwichalliance.org/turkey-trot-2021, costs $15 for children (13 and under) and $30 for adults until October 31.  Adult pricing increases to $35 from November 1 to November 26, and $40 on race day (November 27). All proceeds from the Turkey Trot will directly benefit Greenwich Alliance for Education programs which fund innovation, expand opportunities, and inspire teachers to foster educational success for Greenwich Public School students. 

As an added benefit, the Alliance will hold its annual “Run For Your School Competition,” awarding a $500 gift card for physical education purchases to the Greenwich school with the greatest number of registered runners.  The 2019 winner was Julian Curtiss School. 

Performance material t-shirts and goody bags are guaranteed to runners who register by November 15.  Pre-registrants are encouraged to pick-up race materials – bibs, t-shirts, and goody bags – on Friday, November 26 at Cadillac of Greenwich, at 144 Railroad Avenue.  Race-day registration will take place inside the Arch Street Teen Center from 8:15-9:15AM. 

Awards and merchandise prizes will be presented to the top three overall male and female 5K winners. The top three male and female finishers in 9 age categories, from 10-and-under to 70-plus also will receive awards donated by ASF Promotions. All 1-mile finishers will receive medals. 

The Turkey Trot is the Greenwich Alliance for Education’s largest fundraising event. Lead sponsors to date are: Cadillac of Greenwich and Hospital for Special Surgery Stamford.  The Alliance website lists all the other generous sponsors. Local businesses interested in publicizing their commitment to education by sponsoring should contact Julie Faryniarz at [email protected]

Founded in 2006 as a way for the Greenwich community to support the Greenwich Public School system, the Greenwich Alliance for Education funds innovation, expands opportunities and inspires educators.  Its main programs include: “Reaching Out Grants,” grants awarded to pilot innovative programs in our schools; “Tuning In To Music,” free instrumental music lessons for students unable to afford this opportunity; “AVID SUCCESS,” essential extensions to the AVID program addressing the opportunity gap; Early Childhood Education through the “Greenwich United Way’s Direct Impact program – Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions.” For information, call 203-340-2323 or visit www.greenwichalliance.org.