RUSSELL A tradition for many in Russell is right around the corner.

The annual Turkey Trot in downtown Russell is back for another year and racers are ready to run for a good cause. This year, Ruthie Lynd, organizer for the event, said “let’s hit the streets to help others eat.” All proceeds from the event will go to Helping Hands of Greenup. The event will be at 9 on Thanksgiving morning.

“It eventually got so big, which is a great problem to have,” said Lynd.

Charlie Bechtel, a senior at Russell High School, said the event is like a reunion for some students at RHS and he sees his former teammates every year. Even though Bechtel isn’t participating this year because of an injury, he believes he will come back in the years to come to see his former classmates.

The event started in the 1970s with a few people who love to run and wanted to do something on the holiday.

John Lynd said his wife, Ruthie, was one of the first participants in the event.

“Mrs. Lynd works so hard on this that she will tell you kids like Chuck, students really help a lot,” said John Lynd. “Without that participation from the community and the school, it would be tough to do this.”

The event was turned into an official 5K last year and has grown so much, they have started to have teams. This year there are 80 people currently registered for Russell High School’s team, Chaffin’s Champions.

“That’s what we love about this. It goes to people right here in our own backyard,” said Ruthie Lynd. “Last year we were able to give about $4,000 to Helping Hands, so it was a win-win.”

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes have sponsored the event for the last 20 years.

Those who would like to give to the cause but don’t want to walk/run the race can donate their registration fee.

Registration fee is $20 prior to Thanksgiving Day. Cost is $25 the day of.

Racers will meet at Russell Senior Center by SuperQuik in downtown Russell. Participants can register online at tristateracer.com or download an application. Applications can also be found at RHS.

Visit tristateracer.com or email ruthie.lynd@russellynd.kyschools.us for more information.

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