The sixth annual Turkey Trot 5K run and Family Fun Walk took place Thanksgiving morning at McDonald’s in Huntington. The event had 511 participants in the 5K run/walk, and 71 participants in the fun walk, and raised over $9,000 for the Pathfinder Kids Kampus Scholarship fund.Ronald McDonald started runners out at 8:00 AM at McDonalds on 60 Home Street in Huntington, and the runners ran past Pathfinder Kids Kampus child care center, through Huntington University, turned around at Parkview Huntington Hospital, and returned to McDonald’s. The staff of McDonald’s provided all participants and volunteers with breakfast after the race and walk. Over 30 people volunteered their time for this event.
$100 Cash prizes were awarded by McDonalds to the overall male and overall female winners of the race, and $50 to each age division winners both male and female to those that were able to accept them. Trophies, provided by Custom Craft were awarded to the top three finishers in each age group. The age groups were: Men and Women Master’s Division, 55 and older, Men and Women 35-54, Men and Women 16-34, and Men and Women 15 and under.
The overall male winner of the race was BJ Needler with a time of 15:47, and the overall female winner of the race was Liane Falk with a time of 19:54. Placing second overall was Josh Graham with a time of 16:04, and placing third with a time of 16:28 was Trapper Mize. Placing first in the fifteen and under Female division was Alexandra Gaff with a time of 22:18. Placing first in the fifteen and under Male division was Cordell Lewis with a time of 17:25.
Placing first in the Women’s 16-34 division was Karen Killian with a time of 20:23, placing first in the Men’s 16-34 division was Josh Graham with a time of 16:04. Placing first in the Women’s 35-54 division was Elaine Christopher with a time of 22:51. Placing first in the Men’s 35-54 division was Jake Krider with a time of 18:42. Placing first in the Women’s Master’s division was Betty Nelson with a time of 26:05. Placing first in the Male’s Master’s division was Neil Tate with a time of 21:57.
All proceeds from the event went to benefit the Kids Kampus Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund. A complete listing of all race results can be found at www.kidskampus.org.
McDonald’s was the main sponsor for the event. Other sponsors included: Pathfinder Kids Kampus, David Culp & Co., Parkview Huntington Hospital, Mettler Agency, Inc., El Shaddai, Inc., MarkleBank, Custom Craft, and the Fort Wayne Track Club. Pathfinder Kids Kampus, Huntington, is an early childhood center serving children from infancy to age 12. Pathfinder Kids Kampus is a Paths to QUALITY Provider, and is the child care division of Pathfinder Services, Inc., a not-for-profit human services organization based in Huntington. The 2011 Turkey Trot is set to take place on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th, 2011.