Friday, October 15, 2021

Franklin 5K Turkey Trot Returns to In-Person Race - Nov 25, 2021

The Franklin Food Pantry is pleased to announce that the annual Franklin Turkey Trot is back in-person on Thanksgiving, November 25, 2021 at 8:00 am and is celebrating its ten year anniversary! The 5K starts at 91 Jordan Road, Franklin, MA and follows a lollipop route in a local neighborhood.

The $20 early bird registration fee is effective through October 18 and then increases to $25. The registration fee goes directly to the Franklin Food Pantry, keeping donations local to help feed those in need. Participants can register online here. Due to COVID restrictions, the Franklin Food Pantry will not be able to accept food donations instead of the fee. Thank you for understanding this change in policy. Runners can also purchase a t-shirt directly from the registration page to commemorate their experience.

“In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Pantry has shifted its distribution model to meet our neighbors’ changing needs for food and services. This month, we are moving to a hybrid distribution model, offering both in-person and drive-up distribution. We have added home delivery and mobile pantries to reach our neighbors who cannot come to us and increased office hours to assist neighbors who may need more than food,” said Tina Powderly, Executive Director for the Franklin Food Pantry. “We are so grateful for the continued tradition of the Franklin Turkey Trot to help fund our many services. These programs help us provide hunger relief to our community, especially during these
challenging times.”

There are also several opportunities for local businesses to sponsor the race. Funds received from sponsorships are used to cover costs associated with the event, including the race registration company, timing technology, insurance, and security details. 

Funds raised above our expenses go directly to support the Franklin Food Pantry. Interested sponsors should contact Laura Often at or Krystal Whitmore at

Thank you to our current 2021 Sponsors**:

Platinum: b.Luxe, The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints, MyFm Media, Starr Glick Orthodontics, and Terrazza
Gold: Accurate Baker Elman, Capstan Atlantic, DDR Contracting, Fenton Financial, La Cantina Winery, Middlesex Bank, Mount Street Farm, Paul A. Longobardi & Son’s Trucking and Vet Med Pet Supplies

Silver: Citizens Bank, Eagle Stainless Tube, Franklin Nutrition, Franklin Matters, Law Offices of Roche and Roche, P.C, LemonTree, Paula McNulty, Safford Insurance, Simons Furniture Vendetti Motors and Xpressions

Friends: The Campbell Family, Bob Donahue, Molly Bradosky, The Fitzgerald Family, LDS Church 1st and 2nd Wards, KW Premier Properties, The Lobo Family, The Morandi Family, Kathleen O’Neill, Pool Pals, Mike and Maureen Sabolinski, and The Shimer, Shanks and Tait Family.
“I’d also like to thank Race Director Krystal Whitmore and our Sponsorship volunteer, Kim Cooper. We are fortunate to have an incredibly hard-working group of dedicated volunteers, led by Krystal, to make this event come to life,” said Powderly. “Krystal organizes church members, high school students, and her own family to plan and work the event, while Kim works tirelessly to secure local businesses to cover the associated costs. The Turkey Trot is an amazing amount of work, and we could not hold this incredible community tradition without them.”
 **Sponsors as of October 11, 2021

Race web page for info on the race, course, etc. ->

About the Franklin Food Pantry
The Franklin Food Pantry offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities to more than 1,000 individuals per year. The Franklin Food Pantry is not funded by the Town of Franklin. As a private, nonprofit organization, we depend on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and other strategic partners. We are grateful for our many partnerships, including that with the Greater Boston Food Bank, that allow us to achieve greater buying power and lower our costs. Donations and grants fund our food purchases, keep our lights on, and put gas in our food truck. Other programs include home delivery, Weekend Backpack Program for Franklin school children in need, mobile pantry, emergency food bags and holiday meal packages. The Pantry is located at 43 W. Central St. in Franklin on Route 140 across from the Franklin Fire Station. Visit for more information.
The pack is off and running in the 2019 Franklin 5K Turkey Trot
The pack is off and running in the 2019 Franklin 5K Turkey Trot

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