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Turkey Trot is Thanksgiving Day

The 17th Annual Virginia Run Turkey Trot will be held Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, in Centreville's Virginia Run community. The USATF-certified, 5K running course, plus the 2K walk, will begin at 8 a.m. at the Virginia Run Community Center, 15355 Wetherburn Court, off Route 29 and Pleasant Valley Road in Centreville.

All proceeds benefit Life with Cancer, Inova Health System's nonprofit program for cancer patients and their families. This year's race is dedicated to Lynda Gubin, a Virginia Run resident who lost her life to cancer, and volunteers hope to raise $65,000 in her honor.

Last year, more than 2,100 runners and 800 walkers participated. Register or make donations at www.runwashington.com or at www.racepacket.com. Entry fee is $20, runners; and $13, walkers, by Nov. 21. There's NO race-day registration for the run. Fee includes a T-shirt, post-race snacks and raffle participation.

Prizes are awarded to the fastest two males and females overall and in the Virginia Run residents' category. The top two runners in the following age categories will also receive prizes: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and, new this year, 70+.

Top sponsors include Carteret Mortgage, First Horizon Home Loans, Luck Stone, Mitchell Eye Institute, Northern Virginia Oncology Group and Odyssey Travel. To donate money or raffle items, call Bob Donnelley at 703-830-1179.