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Turkey Trot adds Red Raider/Longhorn challenge

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published November 1, 2013

My Thanksgiving motto? Run 5 to burn 5.

I’ve made it a tradition the last few years to ride my bike downtown to run 5 miles in the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot. Afterward I mingle with the crowd, get my picture taken with as many turkeys and pilgrims and native Americans as possible, then pedal home and gobble up a turkey dinner that must weigh 5 pounds.

The whole routine makes me feel a little better about the overindulgence.

Since the race now takes place the same day as the University of Texas versus Texas Tech University football game, ThunderCloud Subs this year is drumming up a running rivalry, too. Race participants can compete to be the fastest Longhorn or Red Raider in the event, which is the biggest 5-miler in Texas.

The Stepping Stone School Kids’ K will begin at 8:45 a.m. Nov. 28 outside the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. The timed 5-mile starts at 9:30 a.m., the untimed 5-mile starts immediately afterward, and the 1-mile walk starts after that.

Online registration is open at To participate as a Longhorn or Red Raider, just select the appropriate category option when filling out the registration form.

More than 23,000 people are expected for this year’s race. All proceeds go directly to Caritas of Austin, a local nonprofit that supports Austin’s working poor and homeless. The Trot has raised more than $1.8 million for Caritas of Austin since 1991.