What can you do to combat the calories of Thanksgiving Day?

by admin November 18, 2010

Ocala YMCA Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving is the day that everyone spends with their family and friends, eating as much as possible, wondering why they can’t put the fork down. This day of overeating is a great reason to participate in the Marion County YMCA’s morning Turkey Trot.


The Orthopaedic Institute (TOI) is a platinum sponsor for the Marion County YMCA’s 15th annual Turkey Trot. The event, located at 3200 S.E. 17th St. Ocala, Fla., had over 850 participants in 2009 and anticipates attendance of over 1,000 this year.


The 5k welcomes runners, walkers, joggers, strollers and pets. Pre-race registration is $15 and registration costs $20 on race day, said Jim Cooke, senior program director for the YMCA of Central Florida. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m.


“The turkey trot has evolved over the past few years,” Cooke said. “In 2007, we had about 345 runners, and it was a great way for people to get some exercise before the big feast on Thanksgiving Day.”


The average Thanksgiving meal is about 3,000 calories and 229 grams of fat, according to the American Council of Exercise. Snacking throughout the day, along with your Thanksgiving meal can lead to a total intake of 4,500 calories. Exercising before you indulge will not only negate some of the calories consumed, but can be a healthy tradition to start with your friends and family.


“We at the YMCA are committed to being a leader in health and fitness in our community, and to see 1,000 people from all walks of life come together to run and socialize makes this race great!”


Event proceeds will benefit the Marion County YMCA’s Youth Scholarship Fund, which assists children whose families cannot afford fees for swimming lessons, camps and organized sports. Sponsors, including The Orthopaedic Institute, cover the cost of race materials to ensure that 100 percent of the race registration money goes to the scholarship fund, Cooke said.


Dr. Marc Rogers, orthopaedic surgeon at TOI, is a YMCA board member and supporter of the Youth Scholarship Program. He encourages the community to participate in the Turkey Trot to get some exercise, help the YMCA and to simply have a good time.


“My favorite part of the event is the camaraderie,” Dr. Rogers said. “It’s an event that you can experience with your friends and family.”


Download the registration form here or click here to register for the Turkey Trot on active.com.


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