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Alexandria First Responders Named Grand Marshals Of The 42nd Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot

 Thanksgiving Morning Tradition To Benefit ALIVE!

In recognition of their service to the City of Alexandria, representatives from the Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria Fire Department, and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office will be recognized as the Grand Marshals of the 42nd Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

“We are so thankful for the dedication of our Alexandria first responders, as they work tirelessly serve and protect our City every single day,” said Del Ray Business Association President Dennis Belmont.  “We are especially grateful for their tremendous work responding to the June shooting at Eugene Simpson Field.”

A Thanksgiving morning tradition, the Alexandria Turkey Trot will take place on Th., Nov. 23 at 9am.  This fast, flat, USATF-certified course runs through the heart of Del Ray, and is the Mid-Atlantic’s premiere Turkey Trot, featuring over 6,000 runners, including some of the fastest elite runners on the east coast as well as stroller and dog divisions.

The five-mile run/walk goes through the heart of Del Ray, starting and ending at George Washington Middle School at the corner of Braddock Road and Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is Metro accessible to the Braddock Road Metro Station.  Dogs and strollers are welcome, and have their own starting area.

In the spirit of the holiday, runners and spectators are encouraged to bring two nonperishable food items on race day to support ALIVE!, a nonprofit serving Alexandria’s needy.  Last year, ALIVE! received 2,102 pounds of food, $400 in cash donations, and a $5,000 check from the Del Ray Business Association to support ALIVE!’s Food Program as part of the 41st Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot.

Online registration will be open until 8:30am on race day; in-person registration is also available (cash/check only).  For complete information on the race and to register, visit

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