Thanksgiving calories disappear at annual turkey trot

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Left, Riverside’s Dori Jones was one of the top finishers for the 5K. Above at right, the Thanksgiving spirit was alive in many of the participants as, a record crowd turned out. — John Ferris Robben photo

Left, Riverside’s Dori Jones was one of the top finishers for the 5K. Above at right, the Thanksgiving spirit was alive in many of the participants as, a record crowd turned out.
— John Ferris Robben photo

It may have been called a “turkey trot,” but the annual 5K race held the Saturday after Thanksgiving was more about a brisk run to burn off some of those extra helpings of turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.

This is the third year the event was held to benefit the Greenwich Alliance for Education, an independent, not-for-profit foundation that raises community funds and resources to create educational success for Greenwich public school students. People could run either the 5K race or the non-competitive one-mile run/walk.

According to alliance Executive Director Julie Faryniarz, there were more than 900 participants, a sharp increase from last year’s 660 runners, continuing the growth of the event that began in 2011 with close to 350 participants. The funds raised from the event will directly benefit alliance programs and students in the AVID program, which helps students at Greenwich High School be the first in their families to go to college.

“The alliance believes that educating kids is a shared community responsibility,” Ms. Faryniarz said. “The turkey trot is a perfect example of how the community came together to make a difference for Greenwich kids.”

Ms. Faryniarz said that preliminary totals show $25,000 net was raised by the event, and she said she was happy to see it take hold in the community as families have made it an annual event and sponsors keep coming forward. This year was the first time there were $2,000 and $2,500 sponsors, and Ms. Faryniarz thanked all the local businesses and residents who helped, saying they made it a “true success.”

Plans are already under way for next year as well to continue a Thanksgiving weekend tradition in Greenwich.

More information about the alliance is available at Greenwichalliance.org. More photos will be available Monday at Greenwich-post.com.

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