40th Annual Turkey Trot

By Erick Bermudez | Advertising Manager

A campus tradition since the mid-1970s, the Annual Turkey Trot is turning 40 this year. The party isn’t just limited to the 1.5-mile race; the recently completed CCGA Fitness Trail will be christened on Nov. 19 as well.

According to Teresa Peeples, Assistant Professor of Physical Education, the annual race began in the 1970s with Scott Staples, Department Chair of Physical Education and Dr. Debbie Dowdy, Physical Education Fitness Instructor.     

Joe Peeples, Associate Professor of Physical Education, took over the race in the 1980’s. His wife Teresa joined the faculty in the 2000s, and since then the pair have mastered organizing and hosting the event. Mariner Recreation began supporting the race several years ago. 

“It’s being held all these years for the purpose to celebrate fitness and have a time of fellowship between the faculty, the staff and the students of the college,” Teresa Peeples said. 

The Turkey Trot has different categories that allow racers of all ability levels the opportunity to earn prizes. As with most races, the top three male and female participants with the fastest times will earn trophies. The uniqueness of the Turkey Trot is apparent in the other way winners are determined. All racers must run with a partner and estimate the combined time it will take both racers to finish in seconds. Participants are not permitted to run with any timing devices (watches, phones) and the top three teams that finish closest to their estimated times will win special Thanksgiving prizes sponsored by Mariner Recreation. 

Director of Student Activities Andrew Smith expects significant involvement for the event’s big anniversary. 

“It’s a great event for our campus because it brings together students, faculty and staff,” Smith said. “Some years are stronger than others but we always have a really solid turn out and we hope with the Fitness Trail ribbon cutting ceremony, this year will be biggest yet.” 

The CCGA Fitness Trail ribbon cutting is set for 12 p.m. and the Turkey Trot will begin at 12:15 p.m. Both events will be on the West side of the Coffin Building. For more information check your student email and register early.