A trot through town

The Collinsville Turkey Trot 5K Challenge is slated for Nov. 18 at Main Street in Collinsville.

To benefit the Collinsville Public Library, runners of all ages will be participating in the second race up Halls Gap. 

Registration begins at 7 a.m. in front of the library and the race will begin at 8 a.m. Registration forms are available at the library, or you can go to www.active.com to register online.

Collinsville Public Library Director Jennifer Wilkins said Turkey Trot Committee member John Edwards has been hosting practice runs on Thursday afternoons for people who want to practice running the route.

“They race up a paved corkscrew road that has 600 feet of elevation gain with an amazing view of the town below when you reach the halfway point atop Halls Gap,” Wilkins said. “Over 80 runners completed the course in 2016, which provided the library with a healthy donation of $3,541.” 

Wilkins said the money from the 2016 race went back into the community because it was used to purchase educational tools for high school students at Collinsville.

“The majority of that money was used to match a grant for the library staff to go to Collinsville High School and provide books and Kindles for a monthly book club.” 

Wilkins said this event is unique because after the trophies and medals are awarded, people can stay all day for the street festival, which has been held for over 100 years on Main Street. She said there will be music, food, games for kids and shopping. 

“What more could you ask for,” Wilkins said. “Get your running shoes out and call 256-524-2323 for more information.”

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