Turkey Day trot takes off virtually

Online fundraiser helps local foster families

A runner in a turkey costume takes part in last year’s Piedmont Turkey Trot. The fundraiser is all virtual this year. (Photo provided)

From Staff Reports

Although no one ran in a group this year, the virtual Piedmont Turkey Trot raised money for area foster families.

Due to the recent state surge in COVID-19 cases, the Piedmont 5K race and one-mile fun run at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day was planned to be all virtual, said organizer and Piedmont resident, Dr. Cliff Layton.

Runners who signed up could get a T-shirt and a medal.


Runners were asked to submit photos, videos or information to the website, brightskyministry.com.

Layton, a doctor at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, decided to organize a Piedmont Turkey Trot after learning about the nonprofit efforts of Dr. Justin Davis and his wife Jessica Davis, who started Bright Sky Ministry.

There were more than 180 runners who signed up for the virtual race and fun run this year. There was not a specific course this year, and runners could pick their own place to run.

Bright Sky Ministry provides supplies for families with foster children statewide, Layton said. Cribs, diapers, car seats and other supplies are provided to families who have taken in foster children.

For more information visit brightskyministry.com.