Thanksgiving Wild Turkey Ramble Training Run!
Get down and do the ever so funky Turkey Trot at the Empire Runners Club informal fun run on Thanksgiving!!!
Why do runners love to attend such an event? Is it the guilt of consuming massive amounts of turkey and perhaps tofurky later in the day? Is it that you might see the Z man in the brightest orange colored sweatshirt ever created?
Is it the possibility you might see Hutch’s turkey fan and stories about turkeys in Annandel? Note that Hutch will teach you turkey calls as well, if that’s what you’re into.
We highly suggest that you memorize these fun facts about Thanksgiving before you arrive, because there will be a scantron test before you can start running.
Thanksgiving Facts throughout History (source: http://www.whsv.com/seasonal/misc/33852054.html)
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.
- Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
- Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
- The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920’s.
- In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.
- Congress passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
- Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He “pardons” it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.