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Registration open for the 26th Annual Turkey Trot, 6th Annual Mashed Potato Mile & 3rd Annual Stuffing Strut

DETROIT � The Parade Company is once again serving up a hearty helping of holiday activities and family fun with three beloved events: the 26th Annual Fifth Third Turkey Trot, 6th Annual Mashed Potato Mile and 3rd Annual Stuffing Strut. This �parade before the parade,� presented by Fifth Third Bank, allows participants to fuel up for America�s Thanksgiving Parade�.

The festivities begin Thursday, November 27 with the Mashed Potato Mile starting at 7:30 a.m. The Mashed Potato Mile is a one-mile walk/run that allows participants of all ages to enjoy the same magic that more than 10,000 runners experience at the annual Turkey Trot. Turkey Trotters are invited to use the Mashed Potato Mile as a warm-up before their �main course.�

�We at Fifth Third Bank are delighted, for the seventh year, to show our support for America�s Thanksgiving Parade� with these outstanding community events,� said Jack Riley, Vice President and Marketing Director. �The experience gets better each year.�

Following the Mashed Potato Mile is the 26th Annual Turkey Trot and 3rd Annual Stuffing Strut. The Turkey Trot and Stuffing Strut both begin at 8:00 a.m. The Turkey Trot is one of Michigan�s largest 10K run, while the Stuffing Strut is a 5K run. Both routes will start and finish at Cobo Center on Washington Boulevard in downtown Detroit.

The runners who dress-up and participate in the Turkey Trot will be judged by local celebrity personalities on the creativity of their costumes. To rent a costume from The Parade Company, call 313.432.7835. Judging will take place before the race at 7:15 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the runners with the most creative costume.

Entries received before Saturday, November 22nd are $10 for the Mashed Potato Mile and $30 for the Turkey Trot and Stuffing Strut each. Entries received November 22nd through race day remain $10 for the Mashed Potato Mile, but increase to $35 for the Turkey Trot and Stuffing Strut each. Registrations are accepted on race day at Cobo Center for the Mashed Potato Mile, Stuffing Strut and Turkey Trot. Participants can register online by visiting or by calling the Turkey Trot Hotline at 313.247.4149.

About Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third Bank, Eastern Michigan, is based in Southfield, Michigan and led by President Greg Kosch. Fifth Third Bank is metropolitan Detroit�s sixth largest bank and has $7.3 billion in assets, $4.6 billion in deposits, $1.2 billion in custody assets and actively manages $600 million for its personal, corporate, and not-for-profit clients. Fifth Third Bank serves customers in eight southeastern Michigan counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Shiawassee, Livingston, Genesee and Washtenaw. Fifth Third Bank currently operates 86 banking centers, and more than 117 ATMs throughout eastern Michigan. The Fifth Third name has stood for high performance and great service for almost 100 years. Fifth Third�s roots go back to 1858, when the Bank of the Ohio Valley was formed in Cincinnati. That bank became the Third National Bank in 1871 and merged with the Fifth National Bank in 1908 creating the Fifth Third name.

About The Parade Company
Founded in 1984, The Parade Company is a not-for-profit organization governed by the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation whose board of directors is comprised of key civic and corporate leaders in the greater Detroit region. The Parade Company is celebrating 82 years of Parade tradition in Detroit. The mission is to fund, create and execute the best family events in metro Detroit. The Parade Company staff, the board of directors and thousands of parade volunteers work year-round to bring a wide variety of magnificent events to the City of Detroit each year including the Target Fireworks, GM River Days and America's Thanksgiving Parade�.




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