Wicomico Recreation: Turkey Trek 5K is Nov. 28

With the weather getting colder, stay active by participating in Wicomico County Recreation & Parks’ indoor programs. The 11th annual Turkey Trek 5K, which has become a Thanksgiving tradition, is also coming up.

James Simmons.

To register for recreation programs or learn more about programs and events, visit WicomicoRecandParks.org. Registration is also available at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center box office, located at 500 Glen Ave. in Salisbury. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding holidays.

Turkey Trek 5K

Start Thanksgiving morning on the trails of Pemberton Park by running or walking the Turkey Trek 5K. The race is Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, Nov. 28. Enjoy refreshments and pie after crossing the finish line.

The event benefits Pemberton Park Nature Camp and other environmental education programs. Early registration is available through Nov. 24 for $25. The cost for on-site registration is $30. The guaranteed shirt deadline has passed.

The race begins at 9 a.m. On-site registration will take place from 7:30-8 a.m. and pre-registered runners should check in from 8-8:30 a.m. Before the race, there will be a group warm-up with Kate James of Driven Physiotherapy. There will be age group awards and a Thanksgiving costume contest.

Wicomico Youth Basketball League

The Wicomico Youth Basketball League will soon be back for its second season. This volunteer coach-led league focuses on age-appropriate skill development, basic terminology and fundamentals of the game of basketball.

The league is coed, and there are four divisions: Division I is for kids in kindergarten and first grade, Division II is for kids in second and third grades, Division III is for kids in fourth and fifth grades, and Division IV is for kids in sixth through eighth grades.

Registration is open through Nov. 15 or until registration fills. The season begins Jan. 4. Visit the Wicomico County Recreation & Parks website for more details on the program, including preseason assessment dates.

Adult Coed Volleyball

Gather friends and form a team for the Adult Coed Volleyball league. The season begins Dec. 15, and games will be played Sunday afternoons at the Richard Hazel Youth Center at Billy Gene Jackson Sr. Park.

Players must be 15 or older, and registration is $325 per team. Registration is open through Dec. 6.

Adult Drop-In Sports at the Westside Community Center

Adults can drop in for sports this fall at the Westside Community Center, located at 21109 Bivalve Lodge Road in Bivalve. 

Men and women ages 18 and older can participate in Adult Drop-In Volleyball on Monday nights through Dec. 16, Adult Drop-In Pickleball on Tuesday nights through Dec. 17 and Adult Drop-In Basketball on Wednesday and Thursday nights through Dec. 19.

Each of these programs runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The drop-in programs are free for Westside Community Center members and $3 per night for nonmembers. Membership information is available at WicomicoRecandParks.org.

Governors Challenge

The largest holiday basketball tournament in the country is held here in Wicomico County. Now in its 39th year, the Governors Challenge basketball tournament returns to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center and surrounding locations from Dec. 26-31.

Games start at 10 a.m. each day, and more than 120 teams plan to participate. Players will also compete in competitions as part of the All-Star Experience. To see tournament schedules and learn more, visit GovChallenge.org.

James Simmons is the Recreation Superintendent for Wicomico County’s Parks & Recreation Department.

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