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Calorie-burning Turkey Trot nears

It is time to dust off those walking and running shoes: The 19th annual Thanksgiving Day Times Turkey Trot is just around the bend.

The event features the Wingding 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) run/walk at 7:30 a.m., Gobbler 1-mile run/walk at 8:15 a.m. and Turkey Trot 10K (6.2 miles) run/walk at 8:30 a.m. Starting and finishing lines are at Jack Russell Stadium at Clearwater High School, Hercules Avenue and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

Entry fees are $5 in advance for the Gobbler, $6 race day; $8 in advance for the Wingding, $12 race day; $8 in advance for the Trot, $12 race day. Finishers receive a T-shirt.

Color balloons will be used as locators at the stadium: red for first aid, orange for T-shirts, yellow for stadium exits, purple for awards, blue for refreshments/water and black for toilets.

A pasta party will be the night before the races, prepared by Olive Garden Restaurants, at Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. Cost is $6. For tickets, reservations and information, call Terry Schmidt, 562-4804.