Thursday, November 9, 2023

Traditional Turkey Trot set for Nov. 21

Participants from previous Canton Turkey Trots helped the Epilepsy
Foundation of Michigan. Photo courtesy of Canton Township. 
Area residents are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and work up an appetite for a good cause Thanksgiving morning by running or walking in the 21st Canton Annual Turkey Trot for a Cause on Thursday, Nov. 23.

All ages are encouraged to join in the fight against epilepsy by taking part in the chip-timed 5K race or 1-mile fun run that will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, an organization dedicated to empowering individuals with seizure disorders. The main sponsor of the event, is Gazelle Sports of Northville which hosts bib pick up, provides awards and supports the event each year.

This year, the race is set to start at the Summit on the Park, located at 46000 Summit Parkway and will cover a flat course that winds through Pheasant Run Golf course, Heritage Park, ending back at the Summit. In addition, race organizers are once again offering a virtual option, where runners can pick the time and location to suit their preferences.

This annual tradition was started in 2003 by Michael and Terri Murray after their son Justin was diagnosed with epilepsy. Wanting to do something in the fight against epilepsy to help stop seizures, find cures and save lives, the couple worked with Canton Township officials to organize the first Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. Justin Murray, who has been seizure free since undergoing brain surgery in 2007 to remove a seizure-causing growth, continues to give back by supporting and volunteering at the races, as well as volunteering at the Epilepsy Foundation office in Southfield. To date, the Canton Turkey Trot has generated more than $300,000.

“Our Turkey Trot has become a popular holiday tradition for many in the Canton community,” said Ann-Marie Carravallah, Canton sports recreation coordinator. “It's a great opportunity for families and friends to come together, enjoy nature, and get some exercise, all while supporting a great cause.”

Pre-registration is available online at or by calling (734) 483-5600 until 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23 when onsite registration is available. Participants registered by Nov. 10, are guaranteed an event T-Shirt. Registration fees are $35 for the chipped 5K race and $30 for the 1-mile fun run or virtual run.

Participants can obtain shirts and bibs at Gazelle Sports Northville at 39737 Traditions Drive, during regular store hours from Nov. 17-20. Bib/Shirt pick-up will re-open from 3 until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 in the Summit Banquet and Conference Center, located at 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton.

For event information, including course map, visit or call (734) 483-5600.