On Thanksgiving morning, 12,425 Houstonians joined TXU Energy and Sheltering Arms Senior Services for our 19th Annual TXU Energy Turkey Trot. Runners young and old came to race with family and friends to show their support and thanks for Houston area seniors.
Volunteers got busy with the set up, registration and packet pick up way before the sun rose. But after Buck Caulfield sang the National Anthem, the morning really got started. The TXU Energy Turkey Trot was full of fun, laughter and sweat. Races started at 7:25 a.m. and the event’s fun-filled activities ran into late morning.
With more than 12,000 participants, this year’s event was the largest TXU Energy Turkey Trot yet. Houstonians of all ages and fitness levels joined in on the fun with wheelchair, 10K, 5K and Kids’ 1K fun runs. TXU Energy even had a special part in the 10K race this year, leading the way for runners in our energy-efficient Chevy Volt. Aside from all of the “trotting”, runners enjoyed a performance from the Green Starlettes (the San Jacinto Girl Scouts’ dance group), an after-race celebration and refreshments donated by sponsors.
All entry fees and money raised by runners were donated directly to Sheltering Arms Senior Services (SASS), a nonprofit organization in Houston whose mission is to promote the dignity and independence of older adults through service, advocacy and support for caregivers. The continual increase in participants and fundraising each year allows SASS to continually extend their reach towards helping those in critical need of assistance.