[image-1]Thanksgiving is a time for roasting birds, barbaric football, and boozed up relatives. If the usual traditions of this cherished holiday have you looking for an alternative, then get ready for the 31st Annual Turkey Day Run. Held bright and early on Thanksgiving morning, the Turkey Day Run is a 5K race with over 4,500 participants jogging for charities. The run raises money for local nonprofit organizations, like the Heroes Fund. This year’s race is bigger and better because for the first time costumes are encouraged — we know you’ve got a turkey costume laying around somewhere. Of course, they must be tasteful, but the best outfit will receive an award. On top of the costume award, cash prizes will be given out to the top three female and male runners. Bring the kiddies because the event also has a Children’s Fun Run. The run has been routinely organized by the Knights of Columbus, who will be dedicating this year’s race to Freddie W. McMahon, the original director of the Turkey Day Run. A little advice: get your carb-loading on Wednesday night from the free spaghetti dinner at the Knights of Columbus building on 143 Calhoun St. The meal will be dished out from 5:30-7:30 p.m. —Mark Glenn. Thurs. Nov. 27. 9 a.m. $17/advance, $20/day of. Downtown. (843) 723-9934. www.turkeydayrun.com