7th annual Turkey Trot is Thanksgiving morning in Minden

Dogs were welcome participants in the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.

Dogs were welcome participants in the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

The Carson Valley Turkey Trot offers the option of participating in a Thanksgiving Day run at Minden Park or completing a virtual 5K during the month of November.

Open to all ages, this annual fun run benefits the Carson Valley Community Food Closet (thefoodcloset.org/), whose mission is to achieve food security in Douglas County, and the Douglas Animal Welfare Group (dawgrescue.com), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving animal adoptability; providing responsible pet ownership education; and engaging in activities that support animals, their owners, and the Douglas County community.

Virtual participants are invited to walk, hike, jog, or run in a location of their choosing anytime Nov. 13-23 (treadmill miles count, too). The in-person Turkey Trot takes place Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving morning) starting at Minden Park, 1601 Sixth St., and is scheduled from 7:30-10 a.m.

The Kids’ Turkey Dash takes place at 8:30 a.m. and offers a race option tor those age 12 and below; Snoopy and the Thanksgiving Turkey will be on hand to help support and motivate the younger dashers.

Thanksgiving Day event runners are encouraged to don costumes, and well-behaved dogs on leashes may also attend.

To register, visit the CVCFC website and click the “register Now” link, or go directly to runsignup.com/Race/NV/Minden/CarsonValleyTurkeyTrotFunRun.

Cost is $30 per person for either the virtual or in-person event and $20 for the Kids Turkey Dash.

Adult participants receive a swag bag that includes a commemorative t-shirt, race bib, and medal; the kids’ registration includes a race bib and trophy.

Registration must be completed by Nov. 22. Questions about the 2023 Turkey Trot can be directed to CVCFC at 775-782-3711 or via email at info@thefoodcloset.org.

Turkey Bingo

Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley hosts their annual family friendly Turkey Bingo on Nov. 18 at the CVIC Hall, 1604 Esmeralda Avenue in Minden. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with three bingo sessions scheduled at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Paper bingo cards are 2 for $1, and daubers are available for $1 each. There’s no limit to the number of games a person can play at one time, and games last until all the turkeys are distributed. Each bingo session ends with a blackout game that awards a grand prize.

Raffle tickets will be sold during all sessions for a chance to win prizes donated by community businesses and Kiwanis members. Free popcorn and coffee will be served, with hot dogs, chips, water, and soft drinks available for purchase.

Members of the Douglas High School Key Club and the Kiwanis Aktion Club of Carson Valley will be on hand to support the day’s events. Both service leadership clubs are sponsored by the Kiwanis.

Kiwanis is a worldwide service organization for those who want personal involvement in the leadership and improvement of their communities. The Valley club maintains a primary focus on local youth, and the club conducts fundraisers throughout the year to support their scholarship fund and other initiatives that benefit the well-being of local children and families.

Meetings are held every Thursday at 6:30 a.m. at the COD Casino. For more information, including how to become a member of Kiwanis, call 775-339-8882.

Golf tournament

Carson Valley Golf Course invites golfers to gobble up the fun at their annual Turkey Shoot tournament on Nov. 11.

Play begins with a 10 a.m. shotgun start and format is a four-person scramble. $50 includes the game, cart, and prize fund.

Players can donate three canned goods for one mulligan, with a max of three mulligans. Donations will benefit the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.

The course is located at 1027 Riverview Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Visit www.carsonvalleygolf.com/special-events for a registration link or call 775-265-3181.

Amy Roby can be reached at ranchosroundup@hotmail.com.


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