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The Joyce Allen Great Turkey Escape

Thu November 28, 2024 Redding, CT 06896 US Directions


5k - run or walk

$35 8:30AM EST Price increases after October 31, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

3/4 Mile Kids Fun Run

$25 8:00AM EST Registration ends November 28, 2024 at 7:45am EST

Virtual 5K or 1K

$30 8:00AM EST - 12:00PM EST Registration ends November 28, 2024 at 11:59pm EST

Race Day: November 28, 2024










Redding Community Center
37 Lonetown Rd
Redding, CT US 06896


The Great Turkey Escape 5K road race and 3/4 mile kids run.

We will spoil our runners with a long sleeve tech shirt, an embroidered winter beanie (hat), embroidered running gloves and a finisher's medal along with 3 deep 5 year age group awards. The race begins and ends at the Redding Community Center on Lonetown Rd (RT 107) and all proceeds will be donated to our beneficiaries.

Joyce Allen

     On December 10, 2023, our community lost Joyce Allen, a dear friend and runner who will be remembered for her kindness, her undying competitive spirit, and her inspiringly generous nature.   A first-class athlete, Joyce was tragically taken from us doing what she loved, running a triathlon.  Away from competition, Joyce cherished her family and friends and had an uncanny ability to bring people from all walks of life together. It’s often said but may never be truer – there’s nobody like Joyce. 

     Terri and I met Joyce and her husband Bill when she ran our first Redding Road Race in 2012. Over the years, Joyce participated in 14 Redding races, winning Age Group awards (mostly 1st place) in 13 of them. I remember one Turkey Escape where Joyce signed up all her family members for the 5K and “coerced” them to run, regardless of their fitness level or state of recovery from the night before.  There might have been a lot of complaints at 6:30am Thanksgiving morning, but there were many good laughs as a result. Aside from her amazing running performances, Joyce and Bill have been our race’s biggest charity contributors over the years, often sending us a check for our race beneficiaries even before being asked.   

     Going forward, in celebration of Joyce, The Great Turkey Escape will now be called The Joyce Allen Great Turkey Escape.  The Joyce Allen Charitable Trust, which supports many charities handpicked by Joyce’s family, will match donations made by the race and its runners to the beneficiary of the race.  


Race Day Schedule



6:00pm - 8:00pm     Registration and bag pickup at Redding Community Center (37 Lonetown rd)



6:30am-8:00am:     Bag pickup at Redding Community Center (37 Lonetown rd)

8:00am:                   3/4 Mile Fun Run 

8:30am:                   5K Race 

9:15am:                   Awards

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The Great Turkey Escape

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Casey Energy
Deer Tick
Fairfield Bank
Georgetown Veterinary Hospital
Country Companion Veterinary Services
Amica Insurance
Redding Nursery
Santa Energy
Saving Bank of Danbury

Artic Point LLC
Caraluzzi's Market
Georgetown Martial Arts
Integration Intelligence LLC
Orangetheory Fitness
Susi Laura Massage Therapy

The Toy Room
The Allen Family
Wire Mill BBQ Saloon
Ridgefield Veterinary
The Network Support Company

Georgetown Package Store

The Pizzo's

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2021 Finisher's Magazine

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