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Southwick Turkey Day Dash

Southwick House To Continue Turkey Day Dash Tradition


Emporia, KAN. –  A decades long tradition in Emporia will continue. Southwick House announces plans to continue the Turkey Day Dash fun run. The event will be held on Thanksgiving morning and include numerous family fun favorites.


In addition to the 5K fun run/walk, organizers are planning Thanksgiving Day theme stops along the route including eggnog, cranberry, and pie topping stations. As in years past, costumes are encouraged and welcome.


Executive Director of Southwick House, Susan Brinkman, was pleased with her board’s decision to continue this Emporia tradition.


Brinkman said, “So many great memories have come from this longtime tradition. We are grateful to the Walnut Elementary PTO for the solid foundation on which we are building for the future.”


Brinkman reached out to the Walnut PTO earlier this year about picking up the event.


“I spoke with Walunt event organizer, Stacie Sonnakolb and she was so supportive and gracious. She has offered to assist us with event details. I think it will be a smooth transition, a lot of work, and so much fun for a great cause,” Brinkman said.


Southwick House board president, Jeremy Dorsey appreciates the opportunity to pick up and grow this event.


“Southwick House is blessed to have this opportunity to adopt the Emporia’s Turkey Day Dash. It is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and honor the work of Walnut PTO while supporting the cause of ending homelessness. We hope all families can take time before enjoying Thanksgiving to give back while building up an appetite," Dorsey said.


Amanda Gutierrez, founder of the Emporia 5K Super Series and running enthusiast is on board to assist Southwick with the event.


“The Walnut Turkey Day Dash 5k has been a staple event in the community for years.  The event could test the most serious runner while also providing a family friendly atmosphere for those just wanting a great start to Thanksgiving.  I am excited to see the event continue while serving as a significant fundraiser for Southwick House.  Another solid example of Emporia supporting Emporia,” Gutierrez said.


Additional details for registration, sponsorship, and volunteer opportunities will be released later this year. Information about the event and Southwick house can be found on the website at


Southwick House, formerly Plumb Place, provides transitional housing and supportive services to women and families in an eight-county region. Currently in the process of building a new facility, Southwick expects to open in early 2025.



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