New Road Closures, Record Numbers Anticipated

Vancouver, BC – October 7, 2016 –

The Granville Island Turkey Trot will bring thousands together again this Thanksgiving weekend, October 9-10. This fun annual event brings together community in a celebration of Thanksgiving – demonstrating our gratitude for sport and our commitment to supporting others.

The 10KM race is near capacity and event organizers – the local non-profit RUNVAN® Society – hope to surpass the most finishers ever in the event’s 19-year history (set in 2007 at 1,594 finishers). More than 1,700 participants have already signed-up to run this year’s race which will feature brand new medals. Walk-up registrations will remain upon during Package Pick-up hours, space permitting.

The Kids Run is Sunday, October 9, at noon, and the 10KM Run is on Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 10, with an 8:30am Start. The 10KM is a beautiful route along the False Creek Seawall, uniquely starting and finishing on Granville Island with a fun post-race Expo. Learn more.

Runners and volunteers receive great benefits including a free $20 gift card. For each GC redeemed, retailer Rackets & Runners will further donate a pound of food to charity partner Quest Food Exchange.

A new Community Challenge presented by Chevron initiative will also present $500 to the largest team, plus a $250 prize for the best team costume by runners or spectators.

New this year, Burrard Bridge road access on the Northbound lane will be closed to vehicles 8am-9:30am on Thanksgiving Monday, October, 10, due to on-going road improvements on the bridge. An up-dated traffic control plan is online at TurkeyTrotRun.ca/road-closures.

This Thanksgiving weekend, come see why Granville Island was voted ’best local tourist attraction’ in the Georgia Straight’s annual ’Best of’ awards! Even if you don’t run the race, stop by to watch the fun and bring a donation to support the event’s local charity partners.

Free parking on Granville Island is provided until 1pm on Thanksgiving Day Monday.

For up-to-date info, follow on social media @runvancanada @turkeytrotrun #runvan #runandgive