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Walk, run or jog for a good cause and a free turkey

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By Kirsten Laskey

Traveling just 2.57 miles can make a big difference. At 2 p.m. today, walkers, joggers and runners not only have a chance to win a turkey and a pumpkin pie but they have an opportunity to help decrease world hunger.The Community Resolved to Overcome Poverty (CROP) Walk and the Turkey Trot combined to offer an event that is fun and a worthy cause. LA Cares and the Atomic City Roadrunners sponsor the event. Participants will gather at the Sheriff Posse Lodge. The route will lead them toward the Los Alamos Middle School, then to the horse stables on San Ildefonso Road, before returning to the Posse Lodge.Daylight Delights will provide refreshments and beverages will be served. Participants can also take home a turkey or a pie, if their prediction for the time it will take them to complete the course is correct. About 30 turkeys and 20 pumpkin pies will be distributed. Additionally, participants can help give food to people in need by donating money. A check, made out to “Crop Walk,” can be sent to 4723 Sandia Drive, Los Alamos. Also, people can gather pledges. If people donate $10, they will receive a T-shirt and if they give $100, they will receive a sweatshirt.Aaron Goldman, president of LA Cares, said three-fourths of the money raised will go toward Church World Service, which aids people suffering from a catastrophe or who are in desperate need of help. The remaining quarter will be given to LA Cares.Last year, $8,000 was raised and about 100 people participated in the walk. The hope is more people will participate and raise more money this year. “I think it’s a lot of fun ee to show you’re walking to help hungry people,” he said. Goldman added, “(It’s) a community fun activity for children; people are invited to bring their (infants) ee it’s really a family affair.” The Turkey Trot is a unique compared to many other walks. It’s not the first person who crosses the finish line who necessarily wins; it’s the person who correctly guesses his or her completion time. Ted Williams, president of Atomic City Roadrunners, said he doesn’t know of any other races that operate in this manner.“It’s an enjoyable run,” he said. To make an accurate prediction, Williams recommended doing a practice run on the course or time yourself walking or running to know how fast you go a mile, then multiple by 2 1/2. Although making a prediction is tough to do, Williams said, “some people get it right on the money.” He explained the Turkey Trot was started about 28-29 years ago. “(The founders) wanted a finale to wrap up the season,” Williams said.Ten years ago, the CROP Walk started to be held in conjunction with the Turkey Trot.