Jamestown, N.Y. – You can run off some Thanksgiving excess at Audubon Community Nature Center’s (ACNC) Virtual Wild Turkey Trot Challenge.

Audubon is setting up a marked 5k course, but you can run the Trot anywhere at any time from the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 21, until the Sunday after, November 29.

You can run in your neighborhood, park, a local track, or at Audubon. 

Because this is a virtual race, there are several challenges. Challenge yourself to run a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or even a full marathon over the nine days of the virtual race.

Did you know that you have to run a marathon to run off the average Thanksgiving Dinner? 

Entry fee is $15. Click here to register through November 29.  Then submit your race times online before the end of the day on November 30. For an additional $15, when you register, you can order a t-shirt that will be printed locally by Sideline Sports and mailed after the race. 

All funds raised benefit the trails, facilities, and live animals at Audubon Community Nature Center.

Audubon’s COVID-19 safety precautions require face coverings for all visitors ages 3 and up indoors. They are also required outdoors when visitors cannot maintain six feet of distance between family groups.

ACNC is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. 

The first floor of the Nature Center building, including the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the 2020 Nature Photography Contest winning photographs, is open to the public Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because not all of the building is accessible, admission is by donation only.

You are welcome to visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. While practicing safe social distancing measures, you can enjoy the grounds and six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle. 

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.