In the pre-dawn hours on Thanksgiving Day, more than 6,000 runners awoke to take to the streets of Del Ray in the 44th annual Alexandria Turkey Trot. Gayle Reuter of the Del Ray Business Association, one of the sponsors of the race said, "This was a record-breaking year for the Turkey Trot. We had over 6,000 registered runners, raised over $6,000 for ALIVE! and collected over 2,200 pounds of canned goods."
According to the Alexandria Gazette, "Co-sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and DC Road Runners Club, the Thanksgiving Day race serves as a fundraiser for Alive! with runners donating canned or non-perishable food items as part of the registration. The 5-mile USATF-certified course led runners through the streets of Del Ray and Rosemont, beginning and ending at George Washington Middle School. Jack Taylor, a self-made businessman, philanthropist, and owner of Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota, served as Grand Marshal. He has been recognized as a Living Legend of Alexandria and is a past recipient of ACT for Alexandria’s Legacy of Service."
Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky said, "There is no one in Alexandria with a bigger heart than Jack Taylor. On a day that is about giving, we're thrilled to recognize his devotion to the City of Alexandria and his incredible work with Alexandria non-profits."
As per Alexandria Gazette, "Earlier this year, T.C. Williams High School dedicated the Jack Taylor College and Career Wing in honor of his 25 years of generous donations to the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria."