Ski Foundation hosts Thanksgiving run

By Jessianne Wright EBS Contributor

BIG SKY – As a celebration of Thanksgiving and an opportunity to tack on a few miles before dinner, the Big Sky Ski Education Foundation will host the eighth annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23. There will also be a free fun run for children 8 and under.

Runners are encouraged to dress in costume, and prizes will be awarded for best individual costume and best team costume.

Advanced registration for the 5-kilometer race can be completed online until 5 p.m. on Nov. 22 and registration on the day of the event begins at 8 a.m. at the Firepit Park. The race will begin at 9 a.m., with the start line also located in Firepit Park.

Proceeds from the Turkey Trot benefit BSSEF and their alpine, freeride and Nordic skiing programs. BSSEF Program Director Jeremy Ueland said fundraising efforts like the Turkey Trot cover about half the annual budget for the foundation, keeping tuition fees lower for participating athletes.

BSSEF hosts a number of competitive ski races at Big Sky Resort throughout the winter season. On Jan. 6-8, BSSEF will host the MSU Invitational, an NCAA race in the International University Sports Federation. The FIS Masters World Criterium will come to Big Sky this winter as well, on March 19-24. Of the latter competition, Ueland said he anticipates upward of 400 master competitors from all over the world will attend this year’s event.

To learn more about the Big Sky Ski Education Foundation or the Turkey Trot, visit bssef.com.