Spark Turkey Chase

Date

11/28/15 8:00am to 9:30am

BACK FOR A FOURTH YEAR

Can you believe that this will be the fourth year that we've done this? This will be the fourth year that we've transformed our Saturday morning group ride & run into something ridiculous. It's very unofficial; there is no signing up, no fee, no t-shirt, no waiver, and no real pressure other than the bragging rights involved. The point is to get together and have fun while collecting toys for needy Taunton kids.

PLEASE BRING A NEW AND UNWRAPPED TOY WITH YOU!

HOW IT WORKS

Everyone is divided into two groups; Turkeys and Hunters. Turkeys are trail runners and they get a 15 minute head start. Turkeys flee at 8:00am after a group picture. Hunters are mountain bikers and they pursue the Turkeys. The object is to have your group finish before the other group. We don't keep score but there's always a few turkeys who squeak through.

THE COURSE

We use the Massasoit State Park "race loop" for this except without the ending loop and it comes out to about 7 miles. It is rooty but not rocky and has some small little hills in it. We mark it with some really bright orange arrows on trees yet somehow someone always gets lost. If you get lost, too bad. The park isn't really that big so you'll find your way back eventually. If you're prone to getting lost please turn in your new and unwrapped toy BEFORE the start.

TIMELINE

7:30am - 7:45am: Arrive and assemble in the parking lot. Please do not arrive later than 7:45am!

7:50am: Group picture and briefing.

8:00am: Turkeys Flee

8:15am: Hunters Pursue

9:15am: Most People Finished

9:30am: Turn in Toys at Spark Bike Run Sports

TOYS AND AFTER PARTY AT SPARK

A few years ago we found out that Toys For Tots no longer distributes toys to families in the Taunton area so this year the toys will go to the CCHS Honor Society Toy Drive. Coyle & Cassidy students do an amazing job every year with this toy drive which actually allows the parents to "shop" for toys while their kids are entertained at a party elsewhere in the school. The toys will go there this year.

After the "race" bring your new and unwrapped toy over to Spark and hang out for awhile. We'll have coffee and donuts. It's also Small Business Saturday so the shop might be busy, hopefully.

Every year this thing gets a little bigger and every year we say that we're going to make it some kind of "official" event but for now just another group ride/run works for us. We hope you'll join us!

Check our Facebook Page for last minute updates.

Chapter

Cape Cod SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Mike O'Connell
sparks@me.com