Annual Turkey Trot to benefit Jacob’s Ladder

Published 8:00 pm Friday, November 10, 2017

The weekend before you sit down at the table and indulge in a Thanksgiving feast, Jacob’s Ladder Learning Center is offering you the chance to burn off a few calories in preparation.

Jacob’s Ladder will be hosting its second annual Turkey Trot, Nov. 18, starting at 8 a.m. at the employee parking lot of Mutual Credit Union, 1604 Cherry St.

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“The route is going to take us on Cherry Street for a little bit, we will be on Glenwood Circle, then we are going to cut through and come back to Washington Street. It is going to take us through downtown,” Jacob’s Ladder director Rebecca Busby said.

Busby said they are hoping to have at least 150 participants between the 5K run and walk. There will also be a 1-mile fun run for kids at the conclusion of the 5k races. Money raised from the event goes to help Jacob’s Ladder cover its operating expenses.

“We are a non-profit and we work with young adults with special needs,” Busby said. “We work on life skills and we recently started our ceramics program, which is a wonderful therapy for the students as well as helping us to get our message out to the community. People are starting to buy our ceramics so that is helping to spread the word about Jacob’s Ladder.”

Those ceramics will be on full display on race day, as Jacob’s Ladder students are hand making ceramic awards for the race winners.

Busby said participants are encouraged to come in their best turkey-themed costumes and an award will be given out for the best costume.

The run costs $30, the walk costs $25 and the fun run is free. The entry fee includes a t-shirt for all participants including children.

Participants can register the day of the race or in advance at