Turkey trots highlight holiday race calendar
This week is one of the busiest in terms of races, thanks to the popularity of Turkey Trot races for the Thanksgiving holiday. They include events in Kingston, Phoenicia, New Paltz and Rhinebeck.
While the number of available races begin to dwindle this time of year, this week is actually one of the busiest thanks to the popularity of Turkey Trot races for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Some of the longstanding Turkey Trot races, especially in places like Buffalo, Troy and the like, attract thousands of runners to the pre-feast festivities.
Many of these races also are associated with charities, so runners are willing to help out a good cause while working out before sitting down to dinner.
Locally, the Family of New Paltz Turkey Trot, celebrating its 13th edition, is among the most popular on Thanksgiving.
This 5k run contested on village streets and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail has grown exponentially over the years and often you will find entire families taking part.
Add in that all of the proceeds benefit Family’s food pantry that supports less fortunate members of the community and you’ve got a holiday recipe for success.
The race starts promptly on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. near the Water Street Market.
If you haven’t already entered, it’ll cost $30 on race day, but you can get a $3 discount per family member if six or more members of the same family sign up.
Kids 12 and under can also get into the act with the free Mashed Potato half mile run.
At 9 a.m. at Forsyth Park in Kingston, the Junior League is offering its fourth annual Turkey Trot 5k.
Proceeds from that race will benefit the food pantry at People’s Place, another worthwhile cause.
Entry fee on race day is $20 and registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Organizers are offering an accompanying 2-mile run for the same entry fee.
Across the river in Rhinebeck, the ninth annual Ferncliff Forest Turkey Trot 5k steps off at 8 a.m.
That run starts and finishes at Northern Dutchess Hospital with the turnaround near the Ferncliff Forest, the beneficiary of funds raised.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. and entry fees are $30 for adults, $25 for students 11-17 and $15 for kids 10 and under. If you’d rather put your feet up and watch football on Thursday and save your run for the weekend, there are two after-the-fact Turkey Trot races.
The Phoenicia Turkey Trot is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday with the start at St. Francis de Sales Church in Phoenicia.
It’s the sixth year for this event and this year’s race benefits the Pine Hill Morton Memorial Library.
The race is a little shorter, 2.4 miles, and the entry fee is a modest $15 for individuals and $25 for families, starting at 8 a.m. on race day at the parish hall.
A free kids race for youngsters five and under precedes the main race at 9:30 a.m.
Although it’s a little out of the area, you can also consider the Run Off That Turkey 5k at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Altamont Elementary School in Altamont. Race director Phil Carducci always puts on a solid event and this one is sure to please.
Youngsters that compete for the Helderberg Running Club Junior Olympics team benefit from the entry fees, which cost $18.
CHOW, HERNE WIN DIVISIONS AT AFTER THE LEAVES RUN
A robust field of more than 260 trail runners headed to Minnewaska State Park for last Sunday’s After the Leaves Have Fallen Half Marathon.
Sponsored by the Shawangunk Runners Club, this race always attracts plenty of runners and entry fees benefit the Josh Feldt Memorial Scholarship at Wallkill High.
It’s the last chance of the season for runners to enjoy the beauty and majesty of a race through the Shawangunk Mountains.
Mike Chow zoomed to the overall victory in the race, finishing in one hour, 18 minutes and 59 seconds.
Charlie Bennett was the runner-up in 1:19:07 and Ryan Heinlein took third in 1:24:00. Jonas Kempf got up for fourth in 1:26:15, while Shane Eherts was fifth in 1:26:34 and Charles Bando-Hess with sixth in 1:26:37. Michael Austin finished seventh in 1:26:49, eighth went to David Lopez Merlos in 1:26:55, Brian Kelly was ninth in 1:30:28 and in 10th place was Jonathan Smit in 1:31:34.
Catherine Herne won the women’s race and was 12th overall in 1:32:11.
Kate Comisso was second for the ladies in 1:33:19 and Alison Masopust took third in 1:35:35.
Gabriela Olivera was fourth in 1:36:53, Nicole McNamara was fifth in 1:38:59 and Michelle Pratt was sixth in 1:40:42.
The rest of the top 10 included Jessica Petrina in 1:40:45, Wendi Bean in 1:43:01, Stephanie Wish in 1:43:20 and Sandy Perrins in 1:43:40.
Other notable finishers were Michael Hess (1:32:10), Frank Vigna (1:34:35), Shawn Martin (1:38:32), Scott Costley (1:39:40), Jeff Dodson (1:40:33), Donald Thurston (1:41:49), Mark Coleman (1:44:01), Jason Taylor (1:46:15), Steve Estremera (1:48:49), Denise Iannizzotto (1:50:14), Bryan LaRoche (1:52:54), Maura Sullivan (1:53:14), David Seche (1:55:21) and Ben Sweet (1:57:09).
Please send all race results and information to 79 Hurley Ave., Kingston, N.Y., 12401; fax to (845) 331-3557; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Eric Houghtaling on Twitter at http://twitter.com/runerichrun