WORTHINGTON -- You can have any kind of King Turkey Day 10K racing experience you want this year, and that means you can show up in downtown Worthington and run it the traditional way. You can do it virtually, too, so what’s your excuse to sit in your La-Z-Boy?

The “live” race begins at 9 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 18) at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and 10th Street. The finish line is between Second and Third avenues on 10th Street.

Last year, while America was in the midst of a COVID summer, the race became a virtual event. Numbers were down, but not bad under the circumstances. More than a hundred participated.

Kris Hohensee, the race director, said that more than 300 runners (not including virtuals) were signed for Saturday’s race through last weekend, and that the numbers were sure to continue rising through race day.

“This will be our 42nd year of the 10K and the 22nd year of the walk, and the seventh year of the 5K run,” Hohensee said.

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The event includes a T-shirt and post-event refreshments for all registered runners, along with awards for the top finishers in the 5K and 10K race. All runners were to pick up their race packets between 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday, the 17th, at the Worthington Area YMCA or between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on race day at Trends Salon.

For many years in its heyday, the Worthington King Turkey Day 10K race was one of the most prestigious races of its kind in the Upper Midwest. It’s still a big race with a home-town feel, and that’s due to the great scenery along the race route as well as the volunteers.

As always, volunteers will be lined up along the route to cheer and distribute water cups to the runners. The Worthington High School boys and girls soccer teams will be one of the groups involved. The Minnesota West volleyball team, too, will be stationed on corners to make sure the competitors are moving in the right direction. The high school football team will be cheering runners as they approach the finish line.

Results can be found on the link at the Worthington Area YMCA website or at kingturkeyday.net.