"I'm definitely a Butterball," says Mr. T. And he'll be hard to miss at the 29th annual Turkey Trot fundraising run/walk Thursday, November 28, in Washington Park. Thanks to Stacy Haskell, a United Way spokeswoman whose six-foot-tall husband, Steve, happens to be into costumes, Westword was able to grab a few minutes with the galloping gobbler:
What are your feelings about this day?
It's a scary time of year for me. I'm a bit apprehensive, but excited.
Are you concerned that this could be your first, and last, appearance?
No, because of my celebrity status -- and size -- I hope to be granted an exemption from the usual fate.
In order to distinguish yourself from the other turkeys, please tell us what you look like.
Fairly normal. Brown, and I have that red thing, a wattle, on my nose.
Speaking of waddle, do you run the whole four-mile course?
No, I do a bit of a turkey trot. But it's not about miles. I'm there mostly as a cheerleader for the kids. I see my job as more of a celebration than a competition.
So that you'll be around to do this next year?
Yep. Well, I hope so.
Registration for the Turkey Trot, which benefits needy families in the community, begins at 8 a.m. in the parking lot near South High School, 701 South Franklin Street; the cost is $28 for adults, $12 for children twelve and under. The four-mile run kicks off at 10 a.m., with the four-mile walk and one-mile family run following. For more information, log on to www.unitedwaydenver.org.