SPOONER– Giving thanks and giving back has been the theme of a new area tradition for the past few years as the Tozer Turkey Trot run/walk brightens up Thanksgiving. This year will mark the 7th year of the event.
The 2018 Tozer Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, at 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and runs until 8:15 a.m. All pre-registered participants receive a t-shirt. Race day registrants are not guaranteed a shirt.
Well behaved, leashed dogs and jogging strollers are welcome. Runners and walkers are asked to please bring a non-perishable food item for the Washburn County Food Pantry.
The starting line of the race is at the intersection of Tozer Lake Road and Green Valley Road, Spooner. Plenty of parking will be available along Green Valley Road.
The Tozer Turkey Trot began seven years ago when the Foss family members were sitting around the dinner table one night at the family home on Tozer Lake. The family decided they wanted to come up with a way of giving back and helping the community that has played such a huge part in their lives. After a little discussion it was decided to host a run on Thanksgiving morning.
Participants of the trot have helped shape the Thanksgiving morning event. Participants of the first run/walk, held in 2012, suggested having a place for food donations. So not only are participant registration fees and donations given to the Washburn County Food Pantry, each year a large donation of food and other goods has also been made to the pantry.
Past Turkey Trots have been run in extreme cold, unseasonable warm, and sometimes snowy weather. Whatever the conditions, the runners and walkers have turned out in good numbers for the fun event that has become such a great part of the Giving Season and helped many enjoy a nicer holiday.
The Tozer Turkey Trot begins at the intersection of Tozer Lake Road and Green Valley Road just outside of Spooner. Runners and walkers begin heading west and crossing over the Yellow River. Here they turn around and head back to the intersection where they head north and loop around beautiful Tozer Lake. The course is clearly marked. A water station is located near the halfway mark.