North Idaho Turkey Trot Returns November 25

Updated: Nov 4

Outdoor fun to support a great cause

By Jillian Chandler

Each year, the annual North Idaho Turkey Trot at Riverstone continues to grow, with close to 500 participants in previous years; many making it a Thanksgiving morning family tradition year after year. With the option to walk, run, jog or stroll, this allows all ages to take part, from tykes in strollers to grandparents. And even better, the event is dog friendly.


“This is an awesome way to get a little exercise before the big day of food—and to help cancer patients in the community with vitally needed resources while they are going through their treatments,” shares Cynthia Rozyla, president of Your Friend Pamela Faye and race director. “We provide resources to help with gas, rent, co-pays and more, allowing patients to focus on their health, not the costs, which can be overwhelming.”


The run was first organized by the Lake City Tri team as a way to get people active on Thanksgiving while also raising donations for the local food bank. “Lake City Tri disbanded the event about five years ago, and it was at that time they were kind enough to let us take it over,” smiles Cynthia. 2021 marks the 10th year of the Turkey Trot.


The event kicks off at 9am on Thanksgiving morning (Thursday, November 25), and continues until noon. There will be yoga, hosted by JEMS, for some pre- and post-run stretching.


Throughout the course along the Centennial Trail, Gatorade and water are available at the aid stations, and at the conclusion of the race, the tradition of hot cider and cookies await.


Registration to participate, which ends November 23, is $10 for the 1-mile, $25 for the 5k and $27 for the 10k. There is also a minimal signup fee. Visit RunSignup.com/Race/ID/CoeurdAlene/TurkeyTrotCdA to register today.


Depending on the number of secured sponsorships, between $3,000 and $5,000 is raised per year through the event. “We are completely volunteer, so all profits go to supporting the program of choice,” affirms Cynthia. “This year, we are providing cancer resources to residents living in or receiving treatment in North Idaho.”


The North Idaho Turkey Trot gratefully accepts donations and sponsorships and is truly grateful for this year’s major sponsor, ICCU. For sponsorship levels and benefits, email yourfriendpamelafaye@gmail.com or call 208.661.9713.



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