Annual Turkey Trot to support the Avon Pond

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AVON-BY-THE-SEA — The 4th Annual Avon Pond Turkey Trot will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, beginning on Sylvania Avenue. 
 
The 2.5-mile run will begin at the beach badge hut on Sylvania and travel to the north end of Bradley Beach, and back to Avon.
 
“It’s grown like crazy, that’s been wonderful. The first year we did it, it was just an idea,” said race director John O’Malley.
 
Last year’s race had a record number of 700 runners.
 
Proceeds from the race benefit the Avon Pond, an outdoor ice rink that has been operating in Avon seasonally since 2010. 
 
The  60-foot by 120-foot open air ice skating facility will be assembled and ready for visitors at the conclusion of December or early  January at Volunteer Park. 
 
“Over the years, the Avon Pond has developed into one of the most enjoyable wintertime activities for families and skaters of all ages in the surrounding communities,” Mr. O’Malley said.
The pond is completely staffed by volunteers and is entirely funded through fundraising events, donations, sponsorships and skate badge sales revenues.
 
A seasonal badge for the rink is $40 per guest. 
 
“It has become a Turkey Trot tradition that many participants [runners, trotters and walkers] wear costumes,” Mr. O’Malley said. 
 

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