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41st Annual Turkey Trot

USATF Certified #VT05002RF
November 23, 2017
Burlington, VT

We had a beautiful, sunny day for the 2017 GMAA Turkey Trot!  Although the temperatures were in the low 30's, there was little wind and a lot of enthusiasm among the 920 runners for the 5K, plenty of kids for the kids' race and a host of cheering (and cheery!) spectators.


The run benefited the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.  Approximately 790 pounds of food and over $4,000 in cash and checks was donated to the Food Shelf!  
The top male finisher was Matt Solomon of Winooski with a time of 16:32.  He was followed by Bryan Mongeon of Stowe with a time of 16:46 and Todd Smith of Bristol with a time of 17:04.


The top female finisher was Catherine Cook of South Burlington who crossed the line at 18:33.  She was followed by Rebecca Ades of Brooklyn, NY with a time of 19:19 and Josephine Brekke from Oslo, Norway with a time of 19:32.


While the race was co-directed this year by Tom Nuovo and Howard Kalfus, the success of this event was due in very large part to the hard work, organization and leadership of last year's director, Stasia Bolychevtsev.  Anne Treadwell once again organized a fabulous kids' race!  As usual, a cadre of additional, outstanding volunteers made setup, registration, the kids' race and 5K as well as the raffle a smooth venture.  Those volunteers were Newton Baker, Mike Bessette, Liz Champagne, Josh Horton, Anna Kalfus, Jeanne Kennedy, Mike Kennedy, Lee Krohn, Carlie Krolick, Steven Lipman, Katharine Monstream, Paula Nenninger, Allie Nerenberg, Erin Randall-Mullins, Wayne Reisberg, Jonathan Sands, Bob Sayers, Bobby Treadwell and Chris Viscomi.


Local businesses donated well over $1,500 worth of prizes which were raffled off.  Each volunteer and each runner received one free raffle ticket.  Additional raffle tickets were available for purchase.  Many thanks go out to those generous businesses:  American Flatbread, Ben & Jerry's, Blissful Healing, Cabot Creamery, City Market, Eating Well, Edge Sports & Fitness, Flynn Theater, Hoka One One, Homeport, Junior’s Pizza, Juniper Restaurant, Kidstructive Fun Toy Store, Kiss The Cook, Kountry Kart Deli, Leunigs Bistro, Marketplace Fitness, O'Brien’s Aveda Institute, O'Brien's Salon, Old Gold, Olive Garden, On Track, Phoenix Books, Price Chopper, Roxy Theater, RunVermont, Shaw's, Ski Rack, Stephen & Burns, Sweetwaters, Tapna Yoga, Texas Roadhouse, Tradewinds, Uncommon Grounds, Vermont Comedy Club and Von Bargens Fine Jewelry.