It was six years ago was when this Thanksgiving Day tradition began by the expanded family of Tom and Julie Foss, who live on Tozer Lake. They, along with their kids and their kid's spouses, came up with a way to get a little exercise before the traditional feast, plus creating a way to give thanks for all their own blessings by giving back to others; in their case, it was the blessing of food and financial donations to the Washburn County Food Pantry.
The very first year of the Tozer Lake Turkey Trot, there were maybe fifty participants who showed up to hike around the lake. Last year there were over 200 people who came out to run/walk/stroll the 3.2-mile route and who, along with various sponsors, gave over $3000 in cash plus a pickup load of non-perishable food items.
This year's event is shaping up to be another big year, rain, shine or, you know, snow.
There will be a registration tent set up for those who didn't pre-register, a huge bonfire and a free tee shirt for each participant, along with a water station along the way, a snack at the end and Turkey Trot metals for winners and a frozen turkey or two for the all over winners,
Most people register online, tozerturkeytrot.com or some still send their registration fee of $25 for each adult or only $15 each if there are three or more members of the same family who will be participating. All those who pre-register will be assured of a Turkey Trot tee in their size, unlike those who come the day of the race and register at $30.
Those who donate $50 or more to the event will have their name on the back of the shirts, but those tax-deductible donations need to be made soon to be in time for this year's shirts.
For more information, you can check them out on FaceBook, or for the basic information, the trot registration begins at 7a with the trot beginning at 8:30a. Signs will be posted in Spooner on Greenfield Road, between the motel and the Spooner Baptist Church. Follow the signs west until you get to Tozer Lake Road where you'll see the tent next to a large, inflated turkey.
For those of you who are local, it's the corner lot where the Bashaw Valley Town Hall stood for years.
From Left to Right in back: Jess Foss, Ben Foss, Cora Foss, Tom and Julie Foss, Kate McKinney, Jay McKinney, Ryan McKinney. Front Row left to right: Jax Foss, Bentley and Max McKinney