By Carla Caldwell
The ninth annual Acworth Turkey Chase 5K Fun Run and 2K Walk will be held Nov. 18 in Historic Downtown.
The Thanksgiving season tradition is presented by the city of Acworth Parks Recreation and Community Resource Department. For the past nine years, participants have helped stock local food pantries during the holiday season. All participants must bring a nonperishable food item on race day to receive a race number and Acworth Turkey Chase T-shirt.
More than 900 people participated in 2016, and almost 1,000 are expected this year. Approximately 2,500 nonperishable food items were collected in 2016. The items were given to 49 families at the Marietta Housing Authority, located off of Logan Road in Acworth, with some additional food going to the food pantries at Acworth United Methodist Church and Mars Hill Presbyterian Church.
The 5K run offers an exhilarating trip through Historic Downtown and along the shores of beautiful Lake Acworth. Participants also are welcome to walk or jog, and all ages and abilities are welcome.
The 5K Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. The 2K walk begins at 9:15 a.m. Both races start on Main Street. A Little Pilgrim Trot for children up to age 5 begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street.
For information about fees, to register, and for sponsorship opportunities, please go to: www.acworthturkeychase.com.