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Spring Mills hosts annual Turkey Trot 5K Run

by on November 30, 2017 9:36 AM

SPRING MILLS — The Turkey Trot was a popular dance in the early 20th century. It featured hopping and trotting steps resembling the movements of turkeys. More than 100 years later, the Turkey Trot took on a new meaning to a group of running enthusiasts in Spring Mills. Their annual Turkey Trot five kilometer (3.1 miles) long running race was held in Spring Mills on the morning of Thanksgiving Day.

The group of about 50 runners represented all ages, from children to senior citizens, who ran in four age categories.
Race organizer Kyle Houser lined the runners up on the starting line, then gave  his thanks to the race participants, sponsors, helpers and the Old Gregg School Community Center for making the event possible. On Houser’s signal, the runners took off from the Old Gregg School Community Center, heading west on Sinking Creek Road in an out-and-back, nearly level race route.

For some runners, it was a family outing. Vicky Vanada of Spring Mills ran with family members Desiree, Cameron, Destiny, and Christina Vanada and friend Jason Ticknor. At age 7, Cameron Vanada was one of the youngest participating runners.

“We came to support the HOPE Fund,” said Vicky Vanada.

First place finisher, Nick Fuller made the run seem more like a walk in the park, finishing in just 17 minutes and 42 seconds. A few very athletic runners finished just behind Fuller, and the rest of the pack trickled in to the finish line, accompanied by cheers and applause from spectators and other runners.

Following the race, the runners returned to the Old Gregg School gymnasium for water and snacks before heading home for Thanksgiving dinners with their families.

The Turkey Trot race was originally organized in 2009 by Penns Valley High School student Will Lush as a fundraiser for the Penns Valley HOPE Fund charity. The race has become a Thanksgiving tradition in Penns Valley.

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