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Turkey Trot: lyric thought

It will soon be happening,

It will soon be here.

It's Turkey Trot Day,

The best race of the year.

Let's double up on our training,

Get our running feet in gear,

'Cause it's Turkey Trot Day,

The best race of the year.

Not to worry about blisters,

Pulled hamstrings or cramps,

'Cause on Turkey Trot Day

Every runner is a champ.

Let's think about the finish line.

We'll make it, we'll get the gold.

The cheers and music will inspire us,

Whether we're young or old.

And thanks to the workers and volunteers.

They strive and persevere

To make Turkey Trot Day

The best race of the year!

_ Mickey Weber of Safety Harbor

Jim Horden, former president of the West Florida Y Runners Club and longtime member with his wife, Gayle, of the Times Turkey Trot Steering Committee, is probably eating his heart out. He often waxes poetic at running events in the community and probably thought he had the field to himself.

But Mickey has turned out for the Trot festivities almost every year. She started doing the 1-mile and 5-kilometer events and then two years ago, for the first time, did the 10-kilometer Turkey Trot. She missed last year because of the flu.

Mickey, 61, has been running for 11 years. She goes out and does 5 miles three times a week, usually in her North Bay Hills neighborhood, sometimes in beautiful Philippe Park.

In between runs, she does other exercises. "I believe in physical fitness!" she said.

So do lots of people around here, especially on Thanksgiving Day when 8,000 or more runners and walkers show up at Clearwater High School for the 6.2-mile Trot, the 3.1-mile Wingding and the 1-mile Gobbler.

Checking over a list of fall runs the other day, I found five of them charging $12 and 17 charging $10. The Trot committee is holding at $8 for the two longer events and $5 for the 1-miler. But those fees jump to $12 and $6 on race day.

In future columns, I'll be telling you about the first Turkey Trot "food court" on Thanksgiving Day, the better-than-ever Pasta Prelude on Thanksgiving Eve and three local runs preceding the Trot, two of them new, that will be great warmups for the big day.

Registration begins this week at 18 sites. In Largo, Rizzi Sportswear and the Jogging Center. In Seminole and St. Petersburg, Allen Sports Centers. And in Palm Harbor and Port Richey, the St. Petersburg Times offices on U.S. 19. In Tarpon Springs, the YMCA.