Curt for Chatham
Curt for Chatham

The Chatham Turkey Trot

A Town Named Chatham, An Incredible Event, Incredible People, and a Thank YOU. 


In my position with the DRI, and also in much of my volunteer work, I have the wonderful opportunity to witness first hand some incredible fund-raising events.  From Black Tie Galas with over a thousand people to a young lady selling lemonade to help find a cure.  Whether $1.00 is raised, or over a million dollars is raised; people giving their time always needs to be recognized and appreciated.


Amazing people doing amazing things.


On Thanksgiving Day morning I had the honor to address almost 600 people in Chatham NJ for their annual Turkey Trot.  Curt Ritter and his team organized a one mile fun run and a 5K timed race.  It was cold, but the warmth of all those involved made it exciting.  Curt does this for one reason, he has a child with diabetes.  A lot and I mean A LOT of work goes into implementing and organizing this type of event and it was done well by the many people Curt recruited to help.


What a way to start off a Thanksgiving Day Morning doing something to help find a cure for diabetes.  I had never been to Chatham New Jersey. It is like a neighborhood out of Norman Rockwell.  A beautiful community where people pass you in the street and say hello.  It was a fabulous day with the run moving smoothly through a residential neighborhood decorated for the holidays.


What events do you attend that you really like. please share why you like it so much?


Many of these events are run by volunteers and I enjoy meeting so many who do so much.  Nice job Curt and to you and all those in the beautiful town of Chatham, we say thank you for caring.


I am a diabetes dad.


Please visit my Diabetes Dad FB Page and hit ‘like’.

Runners take-off for the 1 mile family fun run.

The Chatham Turkey Trot ( is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization (EIN 45-2241201). We organize and host the annual Chatham Turkey Trot, a 1 Mile Family Fun Run and USA Track & Field certified 5K Race in which participants race through the scenic Highlands section of Chatham Township, NJ on Thanksgiving Day.


Since 2009, The Chatham Turkey Trot has raised more than $125,000 for the Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Diabetes Research Institute and the Chatham Emergency Squad due to the generous support of Chatham residents and its local businesses.


If you're looking to be a part of a great family holiday tradition, or just want to burn some calories before the big meal, please consider joining us on Thanksgiving Day!

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