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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cherokee Choices has decided that the 2020 Cherokee 5K Turkey Strut [historically held on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving at the Kituwah Mound] will be a VIRTUAL EVENT. Our goal >> encourage everyone to stay active and healthy during these crazy times.
This “Do It Yourself” Event will allow participants to run or walk at any time and any location that is convenient and safe for you and your families. Run around the block, on trails, go down to the track, or even run on a treadmill. You don't even have to live in Western NC - so please invite friends and family in other states or countries to join the fun.
While not required – you can submit your time for inclusion in the online “Just For Fun” Results. We will collect times beginning on Sunday November 1st until Monday November 30th. Instructions on "How to submit your virtual times" are found below and will be included when you register. There will be No Overall or Age Group medals.
Online Registration will be the only option this year and will remain open until 5PM on Sunday November 29th. There will be no paper applications.
Everyone who signs up, regardless if you submit a time or not, will receive a fabulous Cherokee 5K Turkey Strut shirt and a super cool coffee mug. UPDATE: [12-1-20] the swag will now be available for pick up December 7-10th
9-12th from 8am until 4:00pm 4:30pm. Beginning Tuesday December 1st - both will be available for pick up 9am-4pm Monday - Thursday at the Cherokee Choices offices.
And please do remember that All Proceeds (as in 100%) benefit the Cherokee Children's Home. Check out their website to learn more about all the great community services they provide. Donations are always welcome. Click on the DONATE button above or when you register.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
The Cherokee 5K Turkey Strut Run/Walk is a benefit for the Cherokee Children’s Home. The Cherokee Children’s Home was started in 1969 when it became evident in the community that children who could not safely remain in their own homes and needed a place to stay within the Qualla Boundary. Upon the completion of the first home, 17 children were admitted and the house was quickly at capacity. That same year construction began on the second home and it was completed in 1970 and it quickly filled with 17 more children. A final home was built the next year and it also filled to capacity. Since those early days many steps have been taken to ensure the safety of children not only from the Qualla Boundary but now throughout the state. The Cherokee Children’s Home has been a permanent or temporary home to over 1,700 youth. Please learn more about their support services at Home's website.
100% of the funds raised by the Cherokee 5K Turkey Strut Run/Walk supports the Home's primary goal - the reunification of the children with their families. Please support the Cherokee Children’s Home by adding a donation to your registration or click on the DONATE button above.
Thank you for registering for 2020 Cherokee VIRTUAL 5K Turkey Strut. While we'd certainly prefer to see everyone out at the Kituwah Mound on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving - the goal for this year is to encourage everyone to stay active and healthy during these crazy times.
This “do it yourself” event will allow participants to run or walk at any time and any location that is convenient and safe for you and your families. Run a local 5K route (like the Kituwah course), around the block, on trails, run 12.5 laps around the track, or even run on a treadmill. You don't even have to live in Western NC - so please invite friends and family in other states or countries to join the fun.
While not required – you can submit your time for inclusion in the online “just for fun” results. We will collect times November 1st until 5pm on the 30th.
There are three ways to submit your results:
Go to the 2020 Cherokee VIRTUAL 5K Turkey Strut site [https://runsignup.com/cherokee5kturkeystrut] >> Click on the "RESULTS" tab in the upper right >> from there following the "Find A Participant" instructions to access your registration details >> Once there >> click and then follow the instructions to "Submit Results". Easy.
Sign into your RunSignUp.com account >> Click on your "Profile" in the upper right corner >> Next to "2020 Cherokee VIRTUAL 5K Turkey Strut", on the right side, you'll see "Submit Virtual Results" >> click and then follow the instructions to "Submit Results". Easy.
Send us an email with your Name and Time by clicking on the "VIRTUAL RACE CONTACT INFO" link below. For additional proof of your 5K run/walk time send a photo or screenshot of your Garmin, Strava, or other smart device to info "@" eventmercenaries.com.
Don't like your time? Go Run or walk the same route again then submit a new time. We'll replace any/all previous times with the new one. Why not challenge your self to improve your time every day.
Rules: This is a "Just for fun - Do it yourself - FUNdraiser" - so there are No Rules. Everyone's on the honor system = please use a phone app like MapMyRun or Strava, run 12.5 laps around the track, or follow a local 5K route (like the Kituwah course) to log your 5K run/walk. If you really want to "prove" you ran a 15:30 5K - email us a photo or screenshot of your Garmin, Strava, or other smart device to info "@" eventmercenaries.com. [If you can run that fast - we'll be certain to forward it on to USA Track & Field.]
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