Welcome to Sparky's Turkey Trot! Thanks to the tremendous support of our Dog Scout members, friends and family, Sparky's Turkey Trot continues as an annual event. This virtual race is a fundraiser for Dog Scouts of America, a national 501(c)3 non-profit. Anyone can participate in this fun event. This is great family and Scouting fun and you do not need to be a member of Dog Scouts to participate (although your miles may be counted towards future **DSA badges and titles if you're walking with your dog and are fulfilling the title/badge requirements).
Sparky's Turkey Trot is a virtual race that you can walk, run, or bike with your dog(s) on your own time, during the week of Thanksgiving, and you will receive a medal for supporting this great cause!
The FIVE Mile Gobbler is a virtual five-mile run, walk, or bike, (or any combination of those) that you complete with your dog(s) on your own time during December, and your dog(s) will be rewarded with a special Mile Gobbler PATCH to show off his/her hard work (repeat gobblers will receive a rocker patch noting the year to add to their previously received patch). This virtual race is completed "on your honor", there is no need to send in a mileage log to receive the patch and all five miles do not need to be completed on the same day.
You can receive a $10 discount by registering for both when you select the "Trot & Gobble (both)" option.
Medals and patches will be mailed out after the race. The race organizer (a Dog Scout volunteer) typically receives the medals in late December. The medals will be packed up and mailed after they are received. All proceeds from these events will go to furthering the mission of Dog Scouts of America. During the setup of this race, we had to choose a location for the race to be based, so we chose Michigan Dog Scout Camp, the happiest place on earth, but this race can be run from anywhere!
A virtual run is a fundraiser to bring people from all over the world to run together on their own time, in their own towns during the week of Thanksgiving. You can run or walk at lunchtime or after work, on the weekend, on even on Thanksgiving day. You might find a trail, a park, a dog-friendly beach, head downtown, or just around your neighborhood.
We'd love to share a picture of you and your dog(s) and/or your team participating in this race, please email your pictures with relevant names, dog breeds, (troop affiliation and/or team name if applicable) and locations to our newsletter editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
**If you're interested in earning DSA Trails Titles and/or Merit badges, be sure to read the Trail Dog Titles Guidebook and the Trails & Outdoors Badges information available on our website: dogscouts.org.
To save on shipping costs and pass along more $ to Dog Scouts - we highly encourage you to start a local team. You could organize a group for your DSA Troop, friends, church and/or family. Create a team for your group to join or register everyone all at once. Teams should be formed based on geography/location, rather than which event you are participating in.
TO REGISTER AS A TEAM: Simply start a new Team when you register or join a team when you register. All the medals/patches for the team will be sent to the Team Captain. Registering your Team as a Group (all at once) is not a requirement.
Group Registrations: You are encouraged to register multiple runners at a time -- for orders of 3 or more, the processing fees will go down. This saves YOU money.
TO REGISTER A GROUP: Simply start by registering your name and information. Click the blue "Add Another Registrant" button near the bottom of the first page. As you check out, the order processing fees passed along from RunSignUp will be calculated based on your total order, not per person, and your fees will go down. Orders of three or more, your fees will go down. Having the medals shipped to one place is helpful, but not necessary. Thanks for participating!
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