Duval County

Looking for something to do? Registration still open for Tony’s Turkey Trot

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — The 9th annual Tony’s Turkey Trot for Brain Injury Awareness 5K and Brooks Rehabilitation 1-Mile Fun Run, Walk & Roll will be held on Thanksgiving morning at the Beaches Town Center in Atlantic Beach.

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Proceeds raised at this year’s event will benefit three crucial health care programs in Northeast Florida: the Leon L. Haley Jr., M.D., Brain Wellness Program at UF Health Jacksonville, Trauma Injury Prevention, also at UF Health Jacksonville, and the Brooks Brain Injury Clubhouse. Last year, $40,000 was raised for the three organizations.

The Haley Brain Wellness Program honors Dr. Leon Haley Jr., former CEO and dean of the UF College of Medicine in Jacksonville, who passed away in July 2021. The program serves veterans in their battle against PTSD and other medical issues related to their service.

UF Health TraumaOne is home to Northeast Florida’s only adult and pediatric Level I trauma center. UF Health has a long history of caring for patients who experience traumatic brain injuries, with highly trained physicians and staff saving countless lives over the past four decades.

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The first Tony’s Turkey Trot 5K run was held on Thanksgiving morning in 2015. Since then, the event has tripled in size and was voted Best of the Beaches 5K.

This year’s 5K race will start at 8 a.m., followed by the 1-Mile Fun Run, Walk & Roll at 9:30 a.m. The awards ceremony will take place following the 1-Mile Fun Run. There will also be a best Thanksgiving costume award.

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Pre-race packet information is available on the website at UFHealthJax.org/TurkeyTrot.

The event will be held rain or shine, and dozens of awards will be distributed, including the overall male and female winners, others according to age groups, and team awards.

There is still time to register! Visit www.UFHealthJax.org/TurkeyTrot for registration information. Fees are $45 for the 5K race and $20 for the 1-Mile Fun Run.