Here at Turkey Trot HQ, we love a good fall movie. Our favorite you ask? Why Hocus Pocus, of course! This 1993 Halloween cult-classic tells the story of three witches (the Sanderson Sisters) returning home to Salem after being resurrected by a group of young kids on Halloween. From catchy songs to tie-dye shirts (Max: no), this movie pretty much has it all – including some valuable lessons you can apply to your Turkey Trot fundraising efforts.
Remember when older-brother Max tells his adorable little sister Dani that he won’t take her trick-or-treating? Luckily, thanks to her persistence (and epic set of vocal cords) she gets her own way like an absolute boss. The lesson here? Don’t be deterred if your fundraising campaign starts off slowly. You need to give it time to develop. If you ask for donations over Facebook but have no luck, why not try a personal email to your close family and friends or make the ask in person? For a bit of extra support, you can find some helpful fundraising resources on our website and by logging into your Classy account.
In order to put a spell on the ENTIRE town of Salem, the Sanderson Sisters performed an ENTIRE song and dance to do so. Seriously, re-watch this scene; they sing, they dance, and they DO MAGIC! So, when you’re asking for a donation, remember to share with your potential donors the reasons why it’s important to you and the impact their donation will make in the local community. Even a small donation will make a huge difference!
Pro tip: the more passion in your ask = the more magical your fundraising total will be.
Just as Max (the new kid on the block), Allison (the cool girl), Dani (Max’s little sister), and Thackery Binx (the talking cat) work together to stop the Sanderson Sisters from becoming immortal, you too can work together with your friends and family to achieve fundraising success. If you haven’t registered yet, why not put together a fundraising team and work toward a goal together?
Just as Max dramatically chooses to drink a vial of potion to protect his sister from the witches, fundraising sometimes requires you to take matters into your own hands. Now while we aren’t suggesting you do anything THAT intense, we recommend donating to your own page first to show your friends and family that you’re dedicated to raising funds.
So, there you have it! Four ways Hocus Pocus can help you run a successful fundraising campaign this Turkey Trot season. Do you have any fundraising tips you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear them. Please leave them in the comments.
Do you have a go-to running song? Are you looking for inspiration to build the perfect Turkey Trot playlist? We’ve got you covered with some great running tunes and there’s a little something for everyone ! Looking for something other than music? We’ve got some great podcast suggestions, too.
Build your running playlist with these runners’ favorites!
Engage your brain with these fascinating podcasts!
Happy listening! (and running!)
By Jana Wolff, RDN, LDN
Thanksgiving is almost here which means the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K is just around the corner! Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a novice jogger, the right nutrition makes a difference when the big day comes. If you are doing a couch to 5K or walking/jogging for practice, staying hydrated and having enough fuel will ultimately make for a more comfortable race day experience.
Water is the best form of hydration. At least 64 ounces per day will do the trick, but remember, more is better! Most likely you will not need electrolyte based drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade unless you are running for more than 40-60 minutes. If you’re drinking water during the trot, be sure to slow down and take small sips to stay hydrated during the race.
The Turkey Trot is in the morning, so you will need a sensible, mild breakfast to fuel your walk or run. Carbohydrates such as a piece of fruit or whole grain toast with peanut butter will give you energy and leave you feeling light on your feet. After the race, it is important to replace what you have burned. Your post recovery snack should include a form of carbohydrate, some protein and plenty of fluid (see above). Chocolate milk happens to be one of the best post-race recovery snacks, so reminisce in your childhood and enjoy. Any fruits such as a banana or apple plus a handful of nuts or Greek yogurt with granola are good choices.
Timing is also important – eat within one to two hours before the race to keep your stomach settled and fuel your workout. Be sure to eat within the first hour after finishing the race to set your body on the path to recovery.
Take home message
The Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K comes around once per year. Staying hydrated and getting the proper fuel will make for a comfortable walk/run. Enjoy this fun day to relax, burn some extra calories, and share in the joy of Thanksgiving.
Do you want to run with your four-legged best friend at this year’s Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K? Here are some tips to help you and your pup have the best experience possible!
All dogs should start with leash walking to learn control and manners. Teach your pet basic commands like “sit,” “stay” and “leave it.” Keep the leash short, about 2 to 3 feet so that your dog won’t pull you and becomes accustomed to being next to you, rather than in front of you. If you begin with proper leash walking, the switch to running will be easier and more enjoyable for both of you!
Consider your dog’s age, health, and breed. If you have a puppy, it’s best to stick to walking until their bones are fully developed, typically around 18 months. It’s also worth noting that breeds with short, squished noses are more susceptible to overheating and cannot take in enough oxygen to accommodate strenuous physical exertion. Not all dogs are runners, so it is important to take these things into consideration. You can get just as much enjoyment and exercise from walking together! When in doubt, check with your veterinarian.
Remember to start slowly, just as you would when beginning a training plan for yourself. Begin with 10 minutes of running every other day. Then add 10 minutes each week until you reach your projected 5K time. This gradual increase will allow adaptation without injury. This is also a good time for some trail running! The grass or dirt is easier on everyone’s joints! Be aware of wildlife and make sure your pet is up to date on flea and tick prevention. Take extra care to stop for water breaks and monitor your pup’s breathing to ensure he or she isn’t overheating (signs include seeming lethargic or weak, excessive panting and dark red gums).
When you’re done, take time to cool down and reward your dog with a nice head scratch and some extra attention!
If you don’t have a cafeteria or time to bring a healthy lunch from home, follow these eat right tips when eating out:
Now we know fundraising for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K may seem a little intimidating, but we’re here to make it simple. Here are our top tips to get you off to a flying start this Turkey Trot season:
Take a beat
The money raised from the Y Turkey Trot (you!) makes a huge difference to the lives of many children and families in Central Maryland. Recently a couple of our financial aid recipients shared with us the impact the support has had on their lives:
So before you start fundraising consider taking a minute and thinking about the difference you want to make it the community. You can also share it with us on social media by using the hashtag #whyitrot
As with many things in life, the most important step is the first one… and we’re helping you take it! Immediately after you register for the Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K, you’ll receive an email asking you to claim your fundraising page. All Turkey Trot fundraising pages are set up through Classy, our online registration/fundraising/donation platform. Our (slightly biased) advice on what to do next? Claim it and get your fundraising party started as soon as possible! Remember, once you’ve created your page, you can log back in at any time.
One of the best things about your Classy fundraising page is that you can personalize it to your heart’s content. We encourage you to upload a snazzy profile picture and tell us a little bit about yourself. From here, you’ll also be able to share your page on social media, find your fundraising page URL, and access language to help you with your fundraising task.
Sharing is caring
Once you’ve made your page distinctly yours (yay!), it’s time to reach out to your friends and family for support. Asking five friends for $25 could make a world of difference for a child in your community! It’s up to you how you do it, but we encourage a varied approach that includes asking in person, over email, and via social media. If you need a little bit of extra support, you can find some helpful fundraising resources on our website and by logging into your Classy account.
When asking for support, we recommend you try and be specific as possible and tell your donors the impact their dollars will make. For instance, $38 gives a day of Y Preschool to a child living in poverty, helping them to discover the joys of learning and prepare them for success in kindergarten and beyond. $120 gives a series of Y Swim Lessons to a child in the community, teaching them water safety and helping to develop a lifelong love of swimming.
Remember to say thank you
Once your donations start rolling in, the next step is thanking your supporters. You can do so via your fundraising page, in person, by tagging them on Facebook, or by sending personal emails. Not sure what to say? We recommend that you speak from the heart. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can visit Turkey Trot superstar fundraiser Dana Smith’s Classy page. Last year, she raised $10,000 for the cause, and in 2017, she is well on her way to reaching that amount again!
Planning on running the Y’s Turkey Trot Charity 5K with your little one in a stroller? We’ve got some tips to help your family have the best experience possible! Here are a couple things to keep in mind for running and training with strollers.
Comfort! Make sure your little one is old enough that their neck can support their head to withstand any jostling and/or bumps in the road. Check the weather forecast before you head out, and remember that although you’ll be working up a sweat, you’ll child will be staying still and catching a cool breeze! Consider timing your run after your child’s meal so that they are content and maybe ready for a nap. Also, make your load a little lighter by packing a mini diaper bag for any “just in case” incidents.
Take care of yourself and be aware of your running form. There are different techniques for pushing a jogging stroller. Some people prefer to push with one hand on the handles and one hand free. Make sure to switch arms evenly. Others may push with both hands on the stroller. Finally, you may want to continuously push the stroller out from you and chase after it (the stroller’s wrist strap will prevent the stroller from getting too far too fast!). No matter how you push, remember to stay upright – not hunched over the handles.
Safety! Jogging strollers exist for a reason and safety is a big one. The special wheels help steady the stroller and offer a smoother ride for children. Make sure your jogging stroller has a wrist strap, so that in case of emergency, you’ll stay connected to your stroller. This is particularly important if you’re running downhill. Pay particular attention to the logistics of your running route – watch out for uneven sidewalks, traffic patterns and visibility. Finally, inspect your stroller, especially the wheels, before each run. Make sure the tires are properly inflated and not showing signs of wear and that there are no loose screws or missing parts.
Have fun! Running with a stroller is a great workout, and a great way for you to incorporate exercise into a busy schedule. It also shows children the importance of exercise, and is a great way for you to spend time together. Children love going for a ride, getting fresh air, and seeing new things while you get your workout in!
It is possible to make wise choices and eat a fairly healthy meal at fast food restaurants if you order carefully.