Get triple servings of local this Thanksgiving Day weekend, which also kicks off the holiday shopping season.
Just say no to those sponsored Facebook posts and Google ads suggesting races put on by out-of-town corporations. Big River, your local race timing friends and running store, brings you an amazing selection of races that are organized by our communities right here in the St. Louis area like The Hungry Turkey, Chesterfield Turkey Trot and Kirkwood Webster Turkey Day Run. Many have a charity component too, which gives everyone a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.
Begin with Big River’s The Hungry Turkey, St. Louis’ only Thanksgiving Day run downtown! The Hungry Turkey is a great way to get the whole family out the door and engaged in a healthy activity (did we mention that kids under the age of 12 run free with a registered adult?). Participants can run the race and then stay afterward to enjoy the parade! The Hungry Turkey partners (as it has every year since its inception) with Operation Food Search, the largest distributor of free food to the community in the entire region. It is completely befitting for the holiday season to help support a charity like this. How do we do it? We run a canned food drive at every Big River Running store throughout the entire registration period. We collect cans from everyone that wishes to donate and if desired, you can ask for a $5 coupon good towards your race registration. We also accept monetary donations during the online registration process with 100% of these dollars going to OFS. Want options? We also highly recommend the Chesterfield Turkey Trot and Kirkwood Webster Turkey Day Run, which are put on by local communities and benefit our local communities!
Skip the malls and the big box stores and shop local at Big River Running this Black Friday and all holiday shopping season long! Local outdoors magazine Terrain just published an article on the benefits of shopping local and we couldn’t agree more! On average, local retailers return more money into the local economy than chain stores and provide jobs that are not sourced elsewhere. The most beneficial part of shopping local is the first-hand product knowledge and personal connection felt while shopping at a small business. Think of Big River Running all throughout your holiday shopping!
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Start Small Business Saturday off right! Join Big River Running at all FOUR of our locations for a free, fun and family-friendly group run beginning at 10 am. What a great way to burn off some of that Thanksgiving pumpkin pie! Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome for route ranging from 3-7 miles. Stay afterwards and get some of that holiday shopping accomplished or make a wish list for yourself 😉