MapMuse Announces Release of 2012 Turkey Trot Locator

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Web Applications Connects Runners with Thanksgiving Weekend Races

A screenshot from the Turkey Trots Locator.

A screenshot from the Turkey Trots Locator.

After the turkey itself—and maybe the cranberries—turkey trots are as integral to Thanksgiving as any tradition.

MapMuse today announced the release of the 2012 Turkey Trot Locator, a map-based web application that connects runners with races held on or around Thanksgiving weekend. This year, the Locator lists over 380 races (and counting) that folks looking to burn off their holiday calories can compete in.

“After the turkey itself—and maybe the cranberries—turkey trots are as integral to Thanksgiving as any tradition,” says MapMuse owner Mike Pilon. “How else are you going to burn off all the stuffing and pie?” For couch-dwelling loafers unfamiliar with the concept, turkey trots are fun runs and footraces held before or after Thanksgiving with the purported intent of shedding whatever weight you put on during the big meal. While it’s highly unlikely that a runner actually burns off all the calories they consume (especially given the gargantuan portions of mashed potatoes and gravy), it’s still a healthy tradition. Many turkey trots also donate their proceeds to charitable causes, such as buying Thanksgiving dinner for low-income families, which makes the experience all the more worthwhile.

The Locator gives each turkey trot a dedicated profile, which can be accessed by clicking its icon on the map. The profile is filled with important information such as race times, route information, contact details, web links, and photos. Although most of the data is culled in house by the MapMuse staff, race organizers and runners are welcome to update or add event details, as well as submit photos and reviews. “Thanksgiving is all about bringing people together, and the open nature of the Turkey Trot Locator honors that,” says Pilon.

The Turkey Trot Locator can be accessed free-of-charge at mapmuse.com/turkeytrots. Users may also be interested in similar Thanksgiving themed locators, including Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving and Turkey Farms.

MapMuse is an internet and app development company based in Reston, VA. It bills itself as the best site to “find places to live, learn, work, and play,” and has created thousands of locator maps and apps for the general public. For more information on MapMuse, please refer to their homepage.

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