Annual Avon Pond Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving morning

A runner in last year’s fifth annual Avon Pond Turkey Trot on Nov. 22 completed the race along the boardwalk dressed as a turkey. STEVE WEXLER THE COAST STAR

AVON-BY-THE-SEA — The sixth annual Avon Pond Turkey Trot will return on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov 28, at 8:30 a.m.

Individuals can run, trot or walk the 2.5-mile route, which begins at the beach badge hut on Sylvania and Ocean avenues in Avon, spans to the north end of Bradley Beach and returns back to Avon.

“The Turkey Trot attracts runners from all over the local area and country as they return home for holiday festivities,” said John O’Malley, Avon Pond organizer. “The trot itself is a great opportunity to socialize and see old friends, schoolmates and acquaintances who are back in town for the holiday.”

Registration forms are available online, at, and on the VIPLY app. Pre-registration prior to Nov. 21 is $25 and $30 thereafter. Completed registration forms can be mailed to, or dropped off at, 33 Sylvania Ave.

Those who submit their registration forms by Nov. 21 are guaranteed a commemorative long-sleeve T-shirt adorned with this year’s race logo.

Race bib and T-shirt pick-up will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at D’Arcy’s Tavern [upstairs] located at 310 Main St., Bradley Beach. Those interested in participating in the trot will also have the opportunity to register on Wednesday as well as on race day between 7:30 a.m. and the start of the race. Avon Pond skating badges for the 2019-20 season will also be available for purchase.

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