Thanksgiving Day Run for the Hall
This event started in the early 1970’s with runners (the majority of which were men looking to get out of the house while Thanksgiving meal preparation was underway) meeting at the Erie Canal Village for what they called the “Prediction Run.” Runners were instructed to predict their time on the “about 5-mile course.” Watches were then left at the start and the runner who finished closest to his predicted time was deemed the winner. Generally the winning prize was a six-pack of beer. The race has grown and is no longer a prediction run. It is run from the Rome Sports Hall of Fame, located at the old Erie Canal Village, and all proceeds go to the Hall. Prizes are drawn raffle style, so the winner still will likely go home with a six-pack!