Before feasting on turkey this Thanksgiving Day, thousands will burn calories in the 19th Annual Boulevard Bolt, held every year in Belle Meade.
The five-mile race, organized by volunteers, is a collaborative effort of Immanuel Baptist Church, St. George's Episcopal Church and The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom in Nashville.Since 1994, the Boulevard Bolt has grown from 2,500 participants to over 8,200 participants in 2011 and ranks among the largest five-mile races in the country, according to the event's Web site.It's a family tradition for many including Kelsey Towns, who has participated in the race every year since 1999.Towns was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and underwent surgery. She completed the race that year with the help of former Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan."We got a little stroller and he just pushed me all five miles," she recalled. This year, just two years after battling cancer Towns is ready to run in the annual run by herself."I set my goal. I'm going to run it this year, so that makes me really happy and excited that I am able to do it." Towns told Nashville's News 2."I can't wait to run across that finish line." Since it began, the annual Boulevard Bolt has donated approximately $2 million to the homeless community in Nashville.
Read more at BoulevardBolt.org.
Other Thanksgiving Day races include the four-mile Boro Dash in Murfreesboro, the five-mile Indian Lake Loop in Hendersonville and the Two Rivers Ford Turkey Trot 5K and Family Fun Run in Mt. Juliet.