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Photo by Katharine Schroeder

Before the turkey is carved and the candied yams are served, the North Fork will run, or at least walk, to make some room for those goodies.

Each year hundreds turn out for the Mattituck-Cutchogue Teachers’ Association’s Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot.  Now in its 8th year, the 5K run/walk benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in honor of Morgan West, Olivia Menard Fund and MCTA Senior Scholarship Fund.

The race starts at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning at Mattituck High School. Registration is from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The cost is $30 for non-students and $20 for students.