The local 5-kilometer Turkey Trot has a green flag.
But in the COVID-19 era, the annual Thanksgiving morning community race will look a bit different when the event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at the Teen Center.
A wave start will be utilized instead of a traditional start to avoid large crowds at the starting line. Each wave will consist of 10 runners. Registration for the race begins at 9:15 a.m. and will close at 10 a.m. Organizers are asking the runners to leave after the race and to wear face coverings.
“We are asking spectators and participants to honor the Kodiak EOC recommendation for masks at this public event before and after running, though runners don’t need to wear them while racing,” race organizer and Kodiak cross country and track coach Ashley Mortenson wrote in a text message.
The Turkey Trot is one of the most popular community fun runs on the island. Despite rainy conditions dampening last year’s race, 166 runners and walkers still participated. A record 171 runners competed in 2018.
Curtis Mortenson won last year’s overall title with a 5K time of 17 minutes, 20 seconds, while Arielle Himelbloom took the women’s honors in 21:33.
Ashley Mortenson said the race fees have been dropped for this year’s race, but competitors are welcome to donate to the Kodiak High School cross country team.