The annual Turkey Trot originated in 2007 by the Immaculate High School cross country teams and Coach Brian Hayes is taking place this week in Danbury. Mayor Mark Boughton says proceeds of the Turkey Trot all go towards scholarships for current Immaculate High students.
The Donald Hassiak Memorial Turkey Trot takes place Thursday at Tarrywile Park.
A scholarship fund to honor Donald Hassiak, a 16-year-old veteran of the Danbury Police Department, was established by Hayes, also a Danbury Police Officer. Hassiak was killed by a drunk driver in a tragic hit and run car accident when reporting to duty in 2010.
The 7th Annual Newtown Turkey Trot 5K road race is also taking place Thursday morning to support the C.H. Booth Library. The Newtown Turkey Trot is part of the Newtown Road Race Series, including the Rooster Run in June, and the Newtown Road Race in September.