---- — DERRY — The Greater Derry Track Club was organized in 1978 to promote running-related activities and support local charitable organizations.
As part of the club’s ongoing commitment to supporting the local community, donations totaling $9,000 were recently distributed across the club’s four charity partners, The Sonshine Soup Kitchen, St. Thomas’s Food Pantry, St Jude’s Food Pantry and The Upper Room.
Each year, the members of the GDTC organize and host the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K road race at Beaver Lake. The 2012 edition of the race included more than 1,300 participants.
The proceeds from this race, combined with the generous sponsorship, make these donations possible.
The next Greater Derry Track Club event is the very popular Kid’s Summer Fun Run series, a seven-week instructional series, starting in late June, to teach the kids in the greater Derry community about running and the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle.
Event details and general club information are available at gdtc.org.
The five annual events hosted by the club are the Boston Prep 16 Mile Road Race (January,) Kids Summer Fun Run Series (June-July), Run For Freedom (July 4), Mack’s Apples Cross Country 5K (August) and Turkey Trot 5K (Thanksgiving Day morning).