Although there are a variety of “Turkey Trots” that take place in towns all over Long Island on Thanksgiving morning, there’s something special about Montauk’s “Run for Fun” that attracts more and more runners, walkers and families each year. Perhaps it’s the location, but more than likely it’s the people.
When Nancy and John Keeshan are not actively involved in community events, they operate one of the most well-respected and reputable real estate firms in Montauk. “We take pride in that Keeshan Real Estate is not always about selling—we’re about being part of the community,” said John. “We’re the oldest family owned real estate company in Montauk,” continued Nancy.
“I know that ‘Run for Fun’ will be part of the East Hampton Town Recreation Department and Montauk forever. I look forward to celebrating 50 years of “Run for Fun” in the near future,” shared John.
Amazing surf, great fishing, friendly people, preserved land, outstanding restaurants, luxury hotels and breathtaking sunsets best describe what Montauk is all about. There’s really not much more one could ask for—except perhaps perfect weather on Thanksgiving morning. Happy trotting!
For the past 37 years, rain, shine or snow, the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot “Run for Fun” race has been an annual tradition in Montauk. Whether you’re a devoted running enthusiast or simply enjoy the idea of working up an appetite before the big, festive dinner, it’s a great way to start your holiday.
“After talking to a few local friends one day, who also loved running, I decided to organize a run on Thanksgiving morning. There were only six of us the first year and we met in the middle of town and ran to the Montauk Lighthouse and back. It immediately became a tradition and, over time, the race grew bigger. Soon after, Gordan Carberry, Director of East Hampton Town Recreation Department and I decided to make it an official East Hampton Town annual event.” shared John Keeshan of Keeshan Real Estate.
Today, the annual event continues to grow and evolve with the support of John Rooney, Superintendent of Recreation for East Hampton Town and the Parks & Recreation Department, John Keeshan and Keeshan Real Estate and the help of many local volunteers and community supporters. Last year, “Run for Fun” had more than 600 participants.
“I’ve been running since I’m eight years old. I look forward to seeing other runners each year who have been participating as long as I have. The proceeds from the race benefit the East Hampton Town Parks & Recreation Department, and, as of this year, we will also be donating half of the proceeds to our local Montauk food pantry,” shared Nancy Keeshan (John’s daughter and President of Keeshan Real Estate).
This year the race will be giving out official “Turkey Trot T-shirts” to the first 400 registered participants. They also award turkeys to those who win in each category, something John has been doing since the races inception. “We have a wide cross section of participants, from the elite runners club and local star athletes, to moms with baby strollers. “Run for Fun” has really become a wonderful family day in Montauk,” said
If you haven’t already registered, you can register the day of the race. Registration is $10 on the day of the race at the Montauk Chamber of Commerce from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (no later). Racers must check-in at the Montauk Circle from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Starting times are 10 a.m. for the 3- and 6-mile races. 631-324-2417.