In the Beginning...
The Inaugural Race
The Turkey Day Race and the Jackson Day Race were started by Tad Gormley.
The race was suspended following the conclusion of World War I.
The race was revived by the Athletic Director, Irwin Poche.
The Young Men’s Gymnastic Club (YMGC) was renamed the New Orleans Athletic Club (NOAC).
With the dedication of City Park Stadium in 1937, track and field events grew over the decades.
Two Trophies One Winner
Both awards were awarded to one Winner; the Time Prize and First Place.
The race was suspended due to World War II.
The race was dubbed “the opening event for the 1947-48 Cross Country Season” by NOAC Punch magazine. Participants from local high schools, universities, and military teams further out from New Orleans took part.
Half a Century
The race was coined “the biggest cross-country race of the Southern AAU district” by NOAC Punch magazine. This year also marked the 50th turkey day race.
Robinson became the only runner ever to win the time prize four times in 1961, 1962, 1963, and 1965, missing a fifth win narrowly in 1967 by finishing a close second.
Tad Gormley Stadium
Tad Gormley passes away, and the stadium in City Park is renamed in his honor.
One Last Time
The 5-mile race is held on North Rampart and Canal Streets for the last time.
A New Route
The 5-mile racecourse is established in and around City Park, with the finish line in Tad Gormley Stadium.
The First Lady
This year marks the first time a woman, Barbara Gorrondona, competes in the race against 102 men (she is photographed here on the far right, alongside the first female victor Alicia Sabi, seen far left).
Power to Women
This year, four women compete in the race, and a 16-year-old female, Alicia Sabi, crosses the finish line in the first place! She becomes the first woman to win the race.
The First Charity Run
The race becomes a charitable event with all profits donated to the charities actively involved in supporting and developing this Thanksgiving tradition.
Marked Mr. Albert Briede’s participation in his 50th consecutive Turkey Day Race!
Amidst the Pandemic
The Turkey Day Race was organized virtually during the pandemic, offering a unique Turkey Day celebration with limited participants in observance of COVID-19 regulations.
The annual Turkey Day Race is here to stay! Symbolizing community spirit and ongoing recovery for all of our long-time participants.