Turkey Trot gives away prizes and accepts food donations

    Families participate in the trot and shop. (Photo credit to Jasz Garrett/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Saturday was the Mendenhall Mall's annual family turkey trot.

    Geneva Earls, Social Media/Content Creator at the Mendenhall Mall, talked about Saturday's Turkey Trot.

    "The turkey trot's where we have people come in and they're going to donate food before they walk their 10 laps around the mall. We mostly are doing it just to get more canned food but also to get more patrons in here to walk and participate in the shopping because we do have markets going on. So you can shop while you walk. At the end when you're done walking your 10 laps, you can get a raffle ticket. The raffle ticket with your name and number on it we will pull them on either Sunday or Monday and you can win one of these gift baskets. We do have way more prizes coming. All the shops in the mall have been donating to us, even some of the marketers. We have about 30 people in the mall altogether, 30 businesses and so far 29 of them have donated."

    Earls said that the 10 laps can be walked at your own pace, and stopping to shop is encouraged during the trot.

    She said that the food donated Saturday will be split among local food banks.

    While the Turkey Trot is over Saturday, Sunday will still host about 10 maker's market tables.

    Earls said next weekend the Mendenhall Mall will host Gray Friday.

    "Gray Friday will be on Friday going all the way to Sunday and it will be just normal hours for the mall. Maker's markets going on and then we will also have a lot of businesses having sales. I do know that Rainforest for one is doing a Gray Friday sale of their memberships. You can also drop your kid off there if you have a membership and they'll watch your kid for two hours while you shop. We'll be open at 7 am for Black Friday too."

    Earls said they've been working on rebranding the locally-owned Mendenhall Mall.

    "This is a big kind of like the grand opening of everything. We are trying to make sure that there is an event going on almost every month. This is something that is really big to us because we're not only giving back to the community, but the community is helping us give back."

    Above: A few of the donated prize baskets available to win with a raffle ticket. Below: The food donation box collection after only a half hour in.

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