Story by Meredith Nelson / November 7, 2017


Awendaw, 9:00 am. Thanksgiving Day

Lee Ann Reigart was tired of having to drive into Charleston every Thanksgiving morning to take part in a turkey trot 5K. The parking, registration, and overall logistics of participating and then returning home to Thanksgiving preparations was getting to be too much hassle. And the Fried Turkey Glide 5K Fun Run/Walk was born!

With no registration fee, free and easy parking, a pristine scenic route, beer, shots of Wild Turkey, and granola muffins awaiting participants at the finish line make this the best deal in town! Not to mention, you don’t have to be a runner to participate. On the course—where miles are marked with pumpkins—runners, walkers, dogs, bikers, strollers, ATVs and golf carts are welcome.

This year, the race won’t be quite the same – LeeAnn (pictured above, gathering participants in the 2015 FTG), a victim of pancreatic cancer, passed away on June 16th of this year after battling the disease. During her last Fried Turkey Glide in 2016, more than 400 people participated – partly to enjoy the morning with friends and family, but mostly to show support for LeeAnn. This year the crowd may be even larger, as LeeAnn’s legacy as a fun-loving, easy-going, bubbly and vivacious person is fondly remembered by so many. The 2017 Fried Turkey Glide will certainly be a tribute to her amazing spirit, embodying the essence of Thanksgiving in many ways.

Giveaways will include free t-shirts (donated from previous local races), awards, and snacks.

Participants will gather at 9:00 at Garris Landing in Awendaw and the run begins at 9:30.

From Mount Pleasant, go north on HWY 17 and turn right on to SeeWee Road. Travel 3.4 miles and turn right on to Bull’s Island Road and follow it 1.6 miles to parking and the starting line.

Click here for more details, and for more information, contact Jay Reigart at 843-693-4936 or