Platte River Fitness Series officials cancel Thursday's Turkey Trot race

A second wave of winter weather has resulted in the cancellation of the Platte River Fitness Series' annual Turkey Trot. (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP A second wave of winter weather moving into Nebraska over the next three days has resulted in the cancellation of the Platte River Fitness Series' annual Turkey Trot.

The race was scheduled for Thursday morning at the North Platte Rec Center.

Race director Trudy Merritt says the race has been part of the community for nearly ten years and the decision to cancel was a very difficult one, despite going above and beyond their due diligence to make the race work.

Race officials sat in with Lincoln County Emergency Management officials and the National Weather Service on a conference call Wednesday morning and determined there was no other option but to cancel due to the extreme dangerous conditions that are expected with these storms.

Merritt says, "The snow, measurable ice, and extreme wind will make just being outside treacherous."

The Turkey Trot drew about 320 people last year, making it the second largest race, next to the Jingle Bell Run and the Christ Jarvis Autumn River Run Marathon.

The race has been postponed before, but not cancelled.

Unfortunately, there will be no refunds for those who signed up for the race, but participants will still receive their shirt.

Proceeds go to support North Platte Catholic Schools.

Merritt says she's still in the process of trying to figure out how the shirts will distributed.

The good news, the weather is expected to improve just in time for the Jingle Bell Run on December 7th.