**The 2021 Norwich Vermont Turkey Trot is on!!**
We have been granted approval to have an in-person Norwich Turkey Trot, in compliance with all state and local COVID-19 rules.
We request that all trotters wear a mask while gathering at the Gazebo on the Norwich Green at the start of the race.
Please stay home if you don't feel well. Vaccines encouraged.
WHEN: 9am Thanksgiving morning (Thursday, 11/25)
WHERE: Gazebo on the Norwich Green
WHY: Support our neighbors via the Upper Valley Haven and
enjoy your community and fresh air before your feast!
No fee or registration needed. Donations are voluntary. Dogs on leashes allowed.
DONATE! You can make tax-deductible donations to the Haven by either donating in person on 11/25 or by clicking on the 'Donation + Gear!' button and purchasing a hat or other Turkey Trot gear (all proceeds go to the Haven).
If you don't want gear, you can click on the ‘Donatation Only’ button to donate money directly to the Haven.
Please use our contact form below for questions or for tax information from the Haven.
SPREAD THE WORD! We encourage you to expand our reach and post photos and videos and tag @norwichvtturkeytrot or use the #05055trot or #norwichvtturkeytrot hashtags on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
Please comply with all VT and NH COVID-19 guidelines. Please get vaccinated if able and wear a mask at the Norwich Gazebo on Thanksgiving.
The Upper Valley Haven is a non-profit, private organization that serves people in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire struggling with poverty by providing food, shelter, education, service coordination, and other support.
Since 1980 the Upper Valley Haven has provided temporary shelter and educational programming for homeless families and adults as well as food to anyone in need.
The Haven offers support and fosters independence through four domains of service: Food, Shelter, Education and Problem Solving. The Haven is open 365 days per year and never charges for any of its services and serves over 14,500 people per year.
The Norwich Turkey Trot is an informal 2 mile/4.4 mile walk or run around Norwich, VT at 9 am on Thanksgiving morning that also collects donations for the Upper Valley Haven. We are committed to keeping the trot a low-key, fun local event that brings our community together, gets the blood flowing, and starts the day off right – with the spirit of thanks and giving….and great hats! In 2020 we were a virtual trot due to COVID-19.
This community event was established in 2008 when Molly and a few childhood friends were sharing a drink at the Norwich Inn one Thanksgiving eve, lamenting the fact there was no trot in town. They agreed to meet the next morning, trot around town, and bring money and other donations to pool and drop off at the Haven. The trot was born! We have continued to organize the trot each year and have watched in amazement as the trot has organically grown from the rag tag first year to a favorite community event, and kick-off to the 19 Days of Norwich, that attracts over 600 trotters and has raised tens of thousands of dollars and countless pounds of food and clothing donations for the Haven.
We are blessed to have all donations generously matched by The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, literally doubling our impact.