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19th Annual Hopkinsville Turkey Trot 5K Goes Virtual in 2020


Greenway Expansion Opens in Time for Turkey Trot

 (November 24, 2020) – City officials are excited to announce the second phase of the Hopkinsville Greenway Rail Trail was officially completed today.  The public is invited to enjoy the now nearly 5-mile path for walking, jogging and biking; however, trail-goers are encouraged to use the space safely with attention to social distancing and other Health Department pandemic guidelines. 

Phase 2 of the Rail Trail is one of two alternative routes for the 19th Annual Hopkinsville 5K Turkey Trot, which has shifted to a virtual event this year due to COVID.  Turkey Trotters have the option of the “Bridge Route” or the “Library Route” this year, with temporary signage marking the start-finish and turns for both courses.  The Bridge Route starts at the Dog Park, crosses the new pedestrian bridge and then returns before the Foston Chapel trailhead for the 3.2 mile route.  The Library Route starts by the Christian County Public Library, heads south (left) at the trail split and then returns just after the Cox Mill bridge.  

Signs for both 5K Turkey Trot routes will remain in place on the Rail Trail into December, so runners or walkers can cover the course whenever they choose.  Limited Turkey Trot souvenir shirts are still available for $20 through the Parks and Recreation Department by calling 270-887-4290 to arrange pickup.


Typically billed as Hoptown’s largest holiday social gathering, the 19th Annual Hopkinsville Turkey Trot 5K is going virtual in 2020.
In light of the pandemic and statewide recommendations regarding the outbreak of COVID-19, the popular fun run/walk will not officially be held, as it traditionally is, on Thanksgiving Day. In recent years, the Turkey Trot has drawn well over 1,000 people downtown.  By going virtual this year, the Trot will still allow participants to register and purchase an official Turkey Trot shirt, but the non-competitive, non-timed event will be completed on the respective terms of all involved. Virtual races allow runners/walkers to complete the 5K (3.1 miles) at any location, at any time.
Whether a jog on the home or gym treadmill, brisk walk on the neighborhood sidewalks or even a regular family outing on Thanksgiving morning on the Rail Trail, the Virtual Hopkinsville Turkey Trot will allow Trotters to complete the 5K in a safe fashion, and at their own pace.

No matter how participants enjoy the Trot, the use of masks and social distancing is heavily recommended.

Instead of the traditional Turkey Trot course, participants who wish to complete the run/walk downtown may use a Parks & Recreation-approved route(s). CLICK HERE to access the Library Route. CLICK HERE to access the Bridge Route. For safety purposes, this specific route is 100 percent on the Hopkinsville Greenway System Rail Trail. However, as a reminder, no Parks and Recreation officials will be overseeing the event this year.

2020 Hopkinsville Electric Reverse Christmas Parade

Plan to join us on Saturday, December 12, 2020, for the 2020 HES Energy “Reverse” Christmas Parade.  Theme will be “Home for the Holidays”.  All participants in the parade will be lined up along the west side of Main Street and will remain stationary.  The public will drive down the east side of Main Street to view the parade participants.  If you would like to participate in the parade, please let us know by October 30, 2020, by stopping by our facility, email or phone. You may also go to forms on this website or click read more for the Float or non-float form or rules.  Fee to participate $20.00 and a new unwrapped toy.  Our Parks and Recreation facility is located at 2600 Thomas Street, email and phone 270-887-4290.   Float entry, read more .... , float rules, read more ...., non-float entry, read more...., non-float rules, read more....

Pickleball at the Rec returning June 8, 2020


Pickleball at the Hopkinsville Recreation Department will be returning to Thomas Street Center on June 29, 2020. We will be offering pickle ball on Mondays (9:00am -11:00am, 5:30pm -8:30 pm) and Wednesdays (1:00pm-3:00pm). Due to the restrictions in place because of the pandemic, at this time we will be limited to gatherings of 50 or less.

Important Information: (please read below)

1.       limited to gatherings of 50 or less.

2.       masks recommended for building guests when entering the building.

3.       check-in and temperature checks when entering indoor facilities

5.       hand sanitizers available at entrances

6.       there is signage with rules and health/sanitary reminders

7.       there will be no seating available for spectators during specified times.

8.       there will be no access to public water fountains.

9.       no equipment will be available for check-out, must bring own equipment.

10.     restrooms will be open.



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