Turkey trots high­light hol­i­day race cal­en­dar

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - Eric Hough­tal­ing Run­ning

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 runer­ichrun@gmail.com. Fol­low Eric Hough­tal­ing on Twit­ter at http://twit­ter.com/runer­ichrun

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