Turkey Trot race raised $2,000 for Shop with a Cop

Published 3:38 pm Thursday, December 8, 2022

The first-ever Titletown Turkey Trot race raised about $2,000 for Boyle County Shop with a Cop. The race happened Thanksgiving Day at Millenium Park in Danville, and brought in people from around Kentucky and other states.

The race had 267 people registered. Event Coordinator John Bodner said this is more than he was expecting for a first-year event. He said Danville usually has roughly 100 people at races, so this was the biggest event of its kind in the last few years.

“We got a lot of great feedback from the community … they want to see more events like it,” Bodner said. “I think they liked how we set the event up; it wasn’t just a run, we had a food truck there with coffee and donuts, we had cotton candy and popcorn free for everybody.”

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The event had a festival-like feel, with a bounce house, games, cornhole, and a turkey dressed up to take pictures with people.

“We were pretty stunned with how many people traveled to Danville for the race,” Bodner said.

People from several far-away states like Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania attended the race. Bodner said many of those folks were visiting family here and were happy to have something to do in the area.

Out of the 267 registered, 110 came from Danville, and 152 came from out of the county. Out of the county, the most people came from Nicholasville, Lexington, Harrodsburg, Richmond, Stanford, and Goergetown.

Bodner said his company Apex Promoz hopes to eventually have a three-run series every year in Danville. They are starting Run for the Brass during the Brass Band Festival next year; and the Turkey Trot will be an annual event. Possible days for a third annual race would be Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, or New Year’s.

Registration is already open for next year’s Turkey Trot.