By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterNovember 17, 2016
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- As Thanksgiving fast approaches, Fort Rucker is gearing up and getting people ready with what they need to celebrate a successful Turkey Day.
The installation is hosting a multitude of events across Fort Rucker ranging from recreation, fitness and, of course, some good, old fashioned pigging out.
"Whether civilian or military, single Soldier or family member, you will be able to find something to do with the many fun activities planned for this Thanksgiving season on Fort Rucker," said Janice Erdlitz, Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation marketing manager.
For those wanting to get their fitness on before taking on a Thanksgiving feast, the annual Turkey Trot 5K and 10K run will be Nov. 19 starting at 9 a.m. at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center.
People can register before the race between 7:30-8:30 a.m., and cost for registration is $25 per individual, which comes with a T-shirt, while supplies last. People can also opt for a no-shirt registration for only $12. Teams of up to eight are also welcome to join in the fun for $160 and members will receive T-shirts while supplies last, with additional team members paying the normal registration fee. Only eight medals will be awarded per team.
After the 5K and 10K runs, a 1-mile fun run will be available for children 12 and younger, who will each receive a medal. Turkeys will be awarded to overall male and female winners, master and grandmaster winners and winners in 14 age groups. For more information, call 255-2296.
If taking to the track isn't the right fit, the Silver Wings Golf Course is hosting the Turkey Shootout Nov. 19 for those looking for a more leisurely fitness activity.
Tee times run from 7-9 a.m. and cost is $20 per player, plus cart and greens fees, if applicable. Players will participate in individual stroke play and U.S. Golf Association handicap or Weekend Dogfight points will be used. Gift certificates and turkeys will be awarded to gross and net winners. People must register by 9 a.m. and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 255-0089.
For those looking to give thanks before the big feast, services are being held across post. The Headquarters Chapel will host its Post-wide Thanksgiving Service Nov. 23 from 11:30 to noon, and all are invited to attend. Additionally, the Main Post Chapel will host its Thanksgiving Eve Mass Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. For more information, call 255-2989 or 255-2012.
It wouldn't be a proper Thanksgiving without a big feast, so The Landing is offering up its annual Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where people can get their fill of turkey, ham, beef, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, stuffing and gravy, and much more.
Cost for the dinner is $18.99 for 13 and older; $6.99 for children 6-12; $3.99 for children 3-5; and free for children 2 and younger. There is also a family special available, which feeds two adults and two children up to 12 years old for $44.99. Reservations are highly recommended, and people are encouraged to include how many adults and children are included in their party when making reservations.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 255-0769.
The Thanksgiving feast will also return to the installation dining facility at Bldg. 5914 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., where people can enjoy all their favorite Turkey Day favorites. The meal is available to Soldiers, family members, retirees and Department of the Army civilians.