Dozens of Grassy Key residents and visitors paid their turkey day dues early as the island celebrated its annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot on Nov. 24. Dressed in their own version of their holiday best, participants ran, walked and rolled their way through the neighborhood 5K course spearheaded by residents Marie and Tyler Blanton. Of course, a Thanksgiving road race would be incomplete without an unconventional added stop – a snack station halfway through.

More than 60 runners and walkers took to the course – several in fitting costumes – to preemptively burn some calories ahead of the day’s feast in Grassy Key’s annual Turkey Trot. Photos courtesy of Marie Blanton and Lara Rutskin Martin.

Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.