Division winners of the nineteenth annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 23 will get a turkey. [File photo / Moab Sun News]

Get ready for that Thanksgiving feast by first running in the 19th Annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 23.

“It originated as a fun-oriented event for locals- something to get families outside and exercising during the holiday season,” said John Geiger, Moab City Recreation director.

The event now has more than 150 runners competing.

“We still maintain a fun atmosphere that welcomes all ages and abilities,” Geiger said.

The race begins at 9 a.m. at the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center at Swanny Park.

The 5K run winds through town and ends back at the MRAC. It is open to all ages.

“We encourage folks to run with strollers and their dogs. We have turkeys and prizes for all the age group winners,” Geiger said.

The fee is $10 with pre-registration. On the day of the race it is $15.

Children have a chance to run with the Kids’ Course, a one-lap run around the park, which equals about 1 kilometer.

“It is a distance that is very doable for little legs, yet something they can gain a real sense of achievement from,” Geiger said. “Plus, kids will have a blast running with just their peers.”

Children should register the day of the race and the entry fee is $3. All children running the Kids’ Course will win a ribbon for competing.

The proceeds from the race will benefit youth sports programs.

All finishers will get a ribbon and the top finisher will win a turkey.