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Strut your stuff Trotting a Turkey

2023 Turkey Trot helps those in need just in time for Thanksgiving
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You can wobble, hobble, strut or run at this year’s annual Caring for the Homeless and the Hungry of Peekskill (CHHOP) Turkey Trot. This year’s annual event will take place this Saturday, November 18, 2023 in downtown Peekskill. Beginning at the Gazebo, gobblers will wear their best costumes and run, walk, or trot their way through a one mile course carrying a turkey, ham or chicken in hand to help stamp out hunger in Peekskill this Thanksgiving. Registration is free with a donation of a turkey, ham, or chicken. Registration begins at 8:00 am at the Gazebo or pre-registration can be done online. The race begins promptly at 9:00 am. When the dust of the race settles, and after all of the trotters have hobbled away, CHHOP distributes all of the food to local families in need. 



Kyle Rourke – State Farm Insurance and staff with Conor Greene of Peekskill Walks

What is a Thanksgiving Turkey without the sides? Just a turkey. Peekskill Walks, an organization dedicated to helping improve safe streets and walkability in Peekskill realized that a Thanksgiving Turkey is just a turkey without the sides. Therefore, they teamed up with CHHOP and six local businesses throughout the City, who generously dedicated space in their business, and placed non-perishable donation boxes. Non-perishable food donation boxes are located at the Peekskill Coffee House, Copy Center & Services, Kyle Rourke State Farm, the Central, Benny’s Brown Bag, and Fuhgeddaboudit Deli. Donations can be dropped off through Nov. 19th! In addition, Peekskill Walks will be hosting a PreThanksgiving Happy Hour at Slainte on November 18th from 2:00-4:00 pm where they will be collecting non-perishable food donations as well. The food collected will go to Fred’s Pantry. 

To view photos from the 2022 Turkey Trot, visit the CHHOP Facebook Page

To view a video of the 2022 Turkey Trot, click here


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About the Contributor
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]