Sea Colony Turkey Trot 5k returns, benefitting Special Olympic DE athletes

BETHANY BEACH, Del. – People of all athletic abilities, young and old woke up bright and early Sunday morning to run off some of that Thanksgiving dinner, and offer some support. The 18th annual Turkey Trot returned, benefiting local Special Olympics of Delaware athletes.

“So you see grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, and then the kids, and they’re all out there running or walking together so that’s a really cool thing to end your Thanksgiving,” says Jennifer Neal, Activities and Fitness manager at Sea Colony. She adds, “It gets more of the awareness about special Olympics, not just in northern Delaware and down here in Sussex County to help these athletes and keep them active with certain things.”

Runners and walkers met at the Sea Colony Fitness center, laced up their shoes, did a few quick stretches before hitting the trails. We’re told it was all in the name of showing just how much the community is behind these athletes.

“Hey, everybody is an athlete whether you’re in the Special Olympics or the regular Olympics, it’s great to see just people out getting healthy and walking or running, it’s fabulous. ” says runner, Vince Pavic. He adds, “It’s always a bonus whenever you can support a great cause like special Olympics and they had some good turn-out here today as well so it was really nice to see.”

Neal says bringing this event back this year means the world to them. She adds, although the money raised will help pay for the athlete’s training, uniforms, and equipment, it’s also about seeing everyone in one place again that rounds out the day perfectly.

“This is our biggest year and it’s great to see I mean we see people that come every year but we also see a lot of new faces especially this year,” says Neal.

Meanwhile, Pavic tells 47 ABC this is his first time participating in the event, and it was definitely something he enjoyed.

“I pick up 5ks, 10ks whatever and this is definitely a race I will return and do again.” Pavic adds, “Everybody seems to be comfortable and getting back to normal and I think that’s really what a lot of us need, a lot more normal.”

The race will return next year.

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