Sheltering Arms Senior Services marked another record-setting year for the 20th annual TXU Energy Turkey Trot. The Thanksgiving morning event drew more than 15,000 people to the Galleria/Post Oak area, including 13,718 registered participants from as far away as Canada. Participation increased by 10 percent compared to 2011.
“We are so thankful for the number of people who came out to support this event,” said Jane Bavineau, vice president at Sheltering Arms Senior Services and executive director of care for elders. “The TXU Energy Turkey Trot has grown every year because the hard work of our sponsors and volunteers translates into a great experience for families and the running community of Houston.
“It has also grown as families increase their awareness of the needs around them, particularly the needs of seniors who want to maintain healthy and independent lives.”
Founded in 1893, Sheltering Arms Senior Services is Houston’s oldest organization focused solely on older adults. Its Dementia Day Center celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.
This year’s Turkey Trot events, including a timed 10K run, 10K and 5K fun-runs and a kids’ 1K race, were completed on new courses set out to make them even better for the running community.
“As the races have grown, we have listened to feedback from runners and other participants and we have made adjustments, such as separating the race finish lines to avoid any traffic jams in those final pushes to finish in good time,” Bavineau said.
Some milestones from this year’s event include:
- New records for funds raised through registrations and individual fund raising
- 109 participants aged 70 and older (including 11 in the competitive 10K race)
- 692 participants in the kids race
Even while celebrating the successes of the TXU Energy Turkey Trot, Sheltering Arms Senior Services is reminding Houstonians that the needs of seniors are ongoing and constantly growing.