FishHawk Turkey Trot, the Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K and Fun Run is set to start at the FishHawk Publix, in Lithia.


The FishHawk Turkey Trot (FHTT), a Thanksgiving Day 5k & Fun Run which began in 2009 with a simple mission; to provide meaningful community service hours for high school students and provide food to people in need.
Today, it is one of the most anticipated race events in the area, which since its inception has also become known as a well-respected charity road race as well as a fun, family-oriented, tradition.
Race organizers were pleased to announce that participants can once again expect a great event, taking place on Thanksgiving Day, at the FishHawk Publix shopping center beginning at 8 a.m.
“It is an all road course,” said FHTT Director Leda Eaton, who has been working with the students since the beginning. “We will have disposable chip-timers and will be providing T-shirts for the kids race, guaranteed through Sunday, November 13.”  
Eaton said that the race, has grown exponentially every year boasting of close to 1,400 participants last year, (1,000 participants more than a year prior) while to date, provided approximately $15,000 for food related charities and more than 800 community service hours for high school students.
Eaton was also proud of supporting those in need as it will again be held through its partnership with Feeding America Tampa Bay, to provide money for a local food bank.
“Our race established Seeds of Hope Community Food Bank,” she said.
Eaton assured that the magic of the FishHawk Turkey Trot continues as planned. 
“It’s going to be awesome, she said. “We are setting goals to surpass our numbers last year and with an all road course and our new features we should attract all types of area runners from the complete family to the hard core racers.” 
The race will use local roadways, and expect a good traffic flow, featuring a course that is sustainable for future growth.
Residents can register at the local Y (FishHawk, Campo and Brandon) as well as online at
More information and pictures are available at
Race organizers are thankful for all the support already received as well as planned through sponsors and volunteers which have, of course, made the race a success.
For more information, contact Eaton at or call 892-0631.

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