UNC Turkey Trot for Homeless Vets

Chapel Hill veterans will spend Veterans Day with UNC Chapel Hill students and community at the campus’ Annual Turkey Trot on Sunday, November 11, 2012.

The Turkey Trot is a 5K fun run or one mile walk that starts at the campus Rams Head Plaza and will benefit area homeless veterans. Carolina Campus Recreation is hosting this event to celebrate the season of giving and to honor and help local homeless veterans.

Event registration starts at 9 a.m. and the run begins at 10 a.m. Participants can run for 5K or walk a mile. The event is open to everyone and over 250 people have preregistered. Pre-register

The registration fee is waived and participants are asked to bring canned or non-perishable food items to benefit homeless veterans. Large Number 10 cans are particularly welcome. Durham Rescue Mission veteran volunteers will assist in the collection of and distribution of food for homeless veterans.

The Durham Rescue Mission typically supports 40 to 50 homeless veterans on a steady basis. Housing, transition assistance, training and other support is also provided to them. There are about 130,000 homeless veterans nationwide.

Chapel Hill VFW Post 9100 has partnered with American Legion Post 6 and the UNC Carolina Campus Recreation Department to sponsor this event. Fleet Feet Carrboro and the Durham Rescue Mission are also co-sponsoring the event.

Participants can register on-line at: campusrec.unc.edu/turkey-trot  Walk-up registration is welcome the morning of the event.

Please attend to show our support of veterans in the community. Make some new friends and perform a service on Veterans Day.

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