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Annual Turkey Trot to benefit Nissequogue River State Park

Bernadette Castro and State Park personnel take a

Bernadette Castro and State Park personnel take a walking tour of the Greenbelt Trail at Nissequogue River State Park in Kings Park. Photo Credit: Newsday/Bill Davis

The Nissequogue River State Park Foundation is hosting its 5th annual 5K Run/Walk for the Park and 1K Turkey Trot for Kids on Thanksgiving Day.

The 1K trot begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Nissequogue River State Park Administration Building, located at 799 St. Johnland Rd. in Kings Park.

Preregistration is $10 for the 1K for children 12 and under, and $20 for the 5K Run/Walk. Preregister online at ourstatepark.com or call 631-848-8587 to receive a free T-shirt and calendar. On-site registration for the 5K run/walk is $25.

All proceeds will be used to help enhance and beautify the 522-acre park, said Mike Rosato, chairman of the foundation. About 1,500 people participated last year, he said.

“It really has become a fun family event,” Rosato said. “We have a DJ and music. There’s free food and we’re playing holiday music. We have somebody dressed up like a turkey that leads the kids on the run.”

The top three finishers in each age category of the run/walk will receive medals. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers of the 5K and top male and female winners age 40 and over. All participants in the 1K Turkey Trot will receive a ribbon.

Above: Greenbelt Trail at Nissequogue River State Park in Kings Park.

 

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