Thanksgiving Weekend in Bedford includes Traditional Sports and Recreation Events

Bedford’s Turkey Trot begins at 8 am on Thanksgiving morning, at the John Glenn Middle School ~ Courtesy images, 2021 all rights reserved


Thanksgiving weekend in Bedford is the time for an array of traditional sports and recreation events: Starting with the Powder Puff football game on Wednesday, Thursday morning’s Turkey Trot, then Friday’s alumni soccer game, and the BHS varsity hockey team vs hockey alums, relatives, and municipal employees to raise funds for the Asperger’s Autism Network and the BHS hockey boosters.

And that doesn’t even include the Bedford High School football team, which will encounter the Red Devils at Burlington High School next Thursday starting at 10 a.m.

All of the happenings are especially anticipated because November 2020 was a blank slate, as the spread of Covid-18 deterred outdoor gatherings.

Powder Puff Touch Football

First on the agenda is an in-house tradition almost as old as the holiday game, and that’s the so-called “powder puff” touch-football contest, featuring a team of BHS senior girls vs. the juniors. That will take place at Sabourin Field next Wednesday after 11 a.m. dismissal.

BHS “Spirit Week” actually began late this week, with various dress-up themes each day for students, teachers, and other staff, culminating with BHS apparel on Thanksgiving eve, which is labeled Community Day.

The 2021 Bedford Turkey Trot

Then on Thursday morning at 8, the annual Turkey Trot will get underway from behind John Glenn Middle School. The five-kilometer run and a companion two-mile walk to raise money for the Bedford Food Pantry.

Chuck Connell said he and his wife Janet have been running the event for four years, following in the footsteps of founder Rich Hamilton.

The maximum 250 runners have already registered, Connell said, but there is always room for more who will follow the walking course. Registration and details are at The $30 entry fee is voluntarily exceeded by many who registered, and Connell expects to raise thousands of dollars.

“I’m pretty sure there will be more people this year than any year,” said Connell. “People in Bedford seem happy to have it back.” The trot takes place under all weather conditions unless it’s dangerous.

Connell said he has some small gift certificates for the fastest male and fastest female finisher and the first walker to complete the two miles, but the trot “is basically for fun.” He thanked the municipal departments that are helping – Police, Fire and Rescue, Public Works, Health, and school custodian — and said he and Jan Pendleton, food pantry president, “coordinated every step of the way.”

BHS Alumni Soccer Game

Friday around noon on Sabourin Feld, BHS soccer alumni will compete in a post-Thanksgiving game that has been a tradition for two generations.

BHS Coach Dave Boschetto said he remembers playing as a senior in 1990, joined by several members of the sectional champion 1979 team.

Ice Hockey ~ BHS Bucs vs Alumni and Municipal Employees

On Friday at 2, the BHS varsity hockey team will face off against a squad of alumni, municipal workers, their children, and other relatives at The Edge Sports Center on Hartwell Road.

Fire Lt. Nick Anderson, who coordinates the annual event, said he will be in goal for the town team, joined by firefighter Pete Spencer, Mitch McLaughlin of the Public Works Department, former BHS Coaches and alumni Pete Dion and Steve Mead, cousins John Isnor Jr. and Ryan Isnor, and brothers Steve, Nick, and Mike Wilson. Dion’s son Jeremy will skate with his dad; Mead’s son TJ is the goaltender for the Bucs. Pete Bagley, executive director of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, will be the referee, said Anderson.

Anderson, a 1996 BHS grad who tended goal for the Bucs in those days, has been running the event for the past several years. He noted that it is a benefit for the Asperger’s Autism Network and the BHS hockey boosters. Admission is $5; kids 10 and under get in by donating a non-perishable food item. Anderson said there will be a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction, featuring autographed player memorabilia.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at, or 781-983-1763

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