Turkey Trot and Community Thanksgiving Celebration part of LUM’s busy Thanksgiving Day plans


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — For many, Thanksgiving is the biggest meal of the year. Lafayette Urban Ministry is inviting the community to feast – but not before burning off some calories.

LUM executive director Joe Micon and his friend Turkey Tom stopped by News 18 This Morning to talk about it.

On Thanksgiving, LUM begins the day with the Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run at 8 a.m.

“If you’re a runner, [or] if you’re a family with children who like to run [or] if you just like to walk the dog — please come out and join us and burn off about 500 calories and make yourself a little extra space for some pie,” Micon said.

It costs $35 for an adult to register for the Turkey Trot and $10 for a child. The race begins at 8 a.m. at the McAllister Park on Golfview Road. Proceeds go to LUM. You can register online.

Afterwards, LUM will put on the Community Thanksgiving Celebration at Central Presbyterian Church. The meal is free and open to the public.

“We have about 75 turkeys lined up for the community,” said Micon. “It’s free. It’s for everybody. We hope folks will join us for that.”

Micon went on to explain that LUM is an organization of more than 40 churches that “serve as a social safety net for children and families in our community facing difficult times.”

The dinner is from noon to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Central Presbyterian Church at 31 N. Seventh St. in downtown Lafayette. You can find more info here.

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, Nov. 24.