Arlington prepares for 22nd ‘Running of the Turkeys’

This article by Cherise Madigan originally appeared Nov. 14 in the Manchester Journal.

MANCHESTER — As Thanksgiving draws closer, Arlington is gearing up for its 22nd annual “Running of the Turkeys.”

The annual Thanksgiving day race has become a tradition for Arlington and surrounding communities, looping for five kilometers through the village with a 1K fun-run for younger participants. On average, the race attracts between 300 and 500 runners on Thanksgiving morning.

When the “Running of the Turkeys” was first planned, however, former Battenkill Valley Runners (BKVR) President Jim Sullivan simply hope to provide a local alternative for Turkey Trots taking place over the New York border.

“My most vivid memory of the first year is setting out well before sunrise to set up the course in a blinding snow squall,” Sullivan said. “Fortunately, by race time the snow had stopped, but the wind was howling and the temperature was hovering just a few degrees above zero. I made the mistake of giving lengthy directions at the starting line as runners were beginning to turn blue.”

Despite its frosty beginnings, the race grew popular over the years for its fun atmosphere and “amazing, but kind of challenging” route according to current BKVR President Dara Zink.

The 22nd annual “Running of the Turkeys” will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23 at Fisher Elementary School. For more information, visit

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