Founded in 1989 to promote health, community spirit and raise money for a charitable cause. Donated over $1 million to Life with Cancer.
In 1989, the Virginia Run Turkey Trot was founded by Virginia Run resident Laurie Horstmann to promote health, community spirit and raise money for a charitable cause. The race proceeds went to the Red Cross in 1989 and Western Fairfax Christian ministries in 1990 and 1991. In 1992, our neighbor and friend, Gail Kurkjian, was diagnosed with breast cancer. We wanted to do something for her, and she asked us to donate the money to Life with Cancer (LWC), the organization that was helping her and her family (3 young girls) cope with Gail’s cancer. From this we began working with Gordon Hay, the director of Life with Cancer and formed a lasting relationship.
Sadly, the community lost Gail in 1995, but Gail’s spirit lives on along with many others who have been stricken by cancer, not only in the Virginia Run community, but also with our surrounding neighborhoods. A tradition was started for each year’s race to be dedicated to community members who lost their battle with cancer during the year. We cherish those years when we can dedicate the race to cancer survivors and those affected by cancer instead of in memory of someone.
We are proud to say the Virginia Run Turkey Trot has donated over $1 million to Life with Cancer® (http://www.lifewithcancer.org/). Last year we raised $94,000 and had over 4,400 participants. The race would not be possible without our community volunteers, generous sponsors, and loyal participants. Thank you all!
We look forward to another successful race this Thanksgiving. Come join the fun!