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Running of the Turkeys Nov. 24 in York

The second annual Running of the Turkeys through downtown York will begin at 8 a.m. Nov. 24, hosted by First Presbyterian and Trinity United Methodist churches. The event benefits People Attempting to Help.

The event starts at East Liberty and Roosevelt streets, adjacent to the Trinity parking lot. New corporate sponsors for 2011 include A.C. Johnson, Jr., D.D.S, Edward Jones Investments and Family Medicine Associates. The event benefits PATH.

The Running of the Turkeys was founded last year by Leann Mellon, Emily Smith and Anne Witte. The inaugural 5k race drew 170 participants and was staffed by 20 volunteers. Organizers anticipate 300 participants this year.

Runners may register by mailing or faxing an entry form and $20 entry fee to Running of the Turkeys, c/o First Presbyterian Church, 10 W. Liberty St., York, SC 29745. Checks should be made payable to First Presbyterian and include Running of the Turkeys in the memo. The fee includes a long-sleeve T-shirt. Early registration ends Nov. 11, but participants may sign up from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. on race day. Runners are encouraged to bring non-perishable items for donation on the race date.

Started in 1982 by the Western York County Christian Ministers Association, PATH has been serving residents of York and the surrounding area for 25 years. The not-for-profit organization includes a food pantry and associated thrift store and provides emergency aid for utilities and other needs for those in crisis. For more information, visit