Thursday, November 19, 2020

Not so fast

Annual Canton Thanksgiving Turkey Trot goes virtual for 2020

The Thanksgiving holiday tradition in Canton Township will not be deterred but a bit altered by the ongoing pandemic.

Runners and walkers can keep the township family Thanksgiving tradition alive by participating in the 18th Annual Turkey Trot For a Cause virtual event.  Registration is now open and runners/walkers can take to their neighborhoods, parks, and trails any time from Nov. 19-26 to support the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. 

All ages are encouraged to join in the fight against epilepsy by registering for the 5K race or 1-mile fun run that will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, an organization dedicated to empowering individuals with seizure disorders. 

“Canton's Turkey Trot has become a real tradition for many families,” said Ann-Marie Carravallah, Canton Township recreation coordinator. “Although we won't be able to host an in-person race this year, we hope that families will still take part in our virtual event to continue to support a great cause,”

This year, the participant fee is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1-Mile Fun Run. To participate, first register online at Then, run or walk any time from Nov. 19-26 and watch for the raffle drawings Nov. 21 and 25 to win a new pair of Brooks shoes on the Canton Sports Center Facebook page @CantonSportsCenter.  Feel free to submit unofficial race times at the racing link online at or share photos on the township Facebook page. 

Race registration and donation link will stay open through Thanksgiving Day.  This year, bib shirt pickup will take place at Kickers Sports Bar and Grill in the Canton Sports Center, located at 46555 Michigan Ave. Race pickup hours are 4 until 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. Curbside pickup is available by calling (734) 483-5600. 

In addition, dine-in/carry-out is available at Kickers, to raise additional funds for the cause, as a portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Turkey Trot. No pickups will be available at the Summit on the Park. 

The Canton Turkey Trot for a Cause started in 2003 after Justin Murray, a Canton resident, was diagnosed with epilepsy, and his parents, Michael and Terri Murray, wanted to do something to help in the fight against the disease. Murray has been seizure-free since his brain surgery in 2007 to remove a growth that was causing the seizures. To date, Canton's Turkey Trot has raised more than $200,000 during  the past 18 years. 

For more information, contact the Canton Sports Center at (734) 483-5600 or visit