Bayonne to start a new Thanksgiving Day tradition

Residents can participate in the first-ever Bayonne Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Mile Kids’ Fun Run

Mayor James Davis, the Division of Recreation, the City of Bayonne, and BCB Bank have announce a new Bayonne Thanksgiving Day tradition: The Bayonne Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Mile Kids’ Fun Run.

The Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will take place on the morning of Thanksgiving Day at Stephen Gregg Hudson County Park. At 9 a.m., the festivities will begin with the Fun Run, and at 9:30 a.m., the 5K will commence.

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The event aims to fill the hole left by the annual traditional Thanksgiving Day football game between Bayonne High School and Marist High School, which was last played around 2001.

“Bayonne had an incredible Thanksgiving Day tradition with the Bayonne vs. Marist Football Game,” said Pete Amadeo. “It was a tradition like no other. That tradition will never be matched; however, we are hoping our Turkey Trot and Fun Run will begin a new Thanksgiving Day tradition for families and friends in Bayonne.”

Registration is now open. Residents can register online at

Those who register by October 9 will pay the early registration fee of $20 for the 5K and $10 for the 1 Mile Fun Run. After October 9, the registration fee increases to $25 for the 5K.

Residents interested in the event should register early to ensure they will receive a long sleeve Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run t-shirt.

The Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will be organized by race director, Elvi Guzman of Winning Events Group. Winning Events Group has been conducting races and events, since 2013, in several neighboring cities.

Proceeds from the event will support the Division of Recreation Special Needs Sports Program and Division of Recreation Ability Day Program. Winning Events Group will also be making a donation to a special cause.

For more information, contact Amadeo at 201-858-6129 or email Guzman of Winning Events Group can also be contacted at

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