Turkey Trot was a huge success thanks to volunteers and sponsors

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Despite the cold weather on Nov. 30, more than 900 enthusiastic runners and walkers worked off their Thanksgiving calories at our third annual Greenwich Alliance for Education Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk.

Racers were warmed up and ready to compete, thanks to Bill Bogardus, director of the Greenwich Track Club. The Greenwich Police Department, GEMS and 50 volunteers, including students and teachers from AVID, an Alliance-funded college readiness system at Greenwich High School, manned the Bruce Park course to keep runners safe.

Thanks to donations from our sponsors, post-race music and snacks were enjoyed by all at the Arch Street Teen Center.

The friendly school competition was held to encourage participation of school-age children. We congratulate all student runners and give special recognition to Julian Curtiss Elementary for having the greatest proportion of participants. We are thankful to Lightfoot Running Club for providing computerized timing.

Our sincere thanks go to all of our sponsors: Cadillac of Greenwich, General Atlantic, Hospital for Special Surgery, Shepard Insurance Group, Delamar Hotel, Peter Dusenberry Architecture PC, Computer SuperCenter of Greenwich, Scott and Icy Frantz, 400 Capital Management, Morgan Stanley/Markey Group, O’Shaughnessy Asset Management LLC, Old Greenwich Sports & Wellness Center, the Arch Street Teen Center, law office of Erin Spiess Chang LLC, Cushman-Wakefield, Cynthia DeRiemer-Coldwell Banker, Equinox, Garden Catering, Greenwich Track Club, John and Lile Gibbons, Greenwich Leadership Partners, Ivey, Barnum and O’Mara, Ivy Rehab, Kings Food Markets, Lightfoot Running Club, MBI Inc., Pizza Post, The Reform School Pilates-Exercise Studio, David S. Roth-RBC Wealth Management, Threads & Treads, and Upper Crust Bagel Co.

Other contributors were Jim Hanrahan/NE Moves Mortgagem, Green & Tonic, Gro Pro Landscaping, and Splurge. Race day refreshments were provided by Kings Food Markets, PepsiCo and Upper Crust Bagel Co.

None of this would have been possible without the volunteer effort of Greenwich resident and runner Emmy Stocker, who co-directed the race with Jane Hentemann, vice chair of the Greenwich Alliance, and the dedicated members of the Alliance’s Turkey Trot planning committee.

Our biggest thanks goes to all of you in the community who came out to race, walk, cheer, donate, or volunteer. The Alliance believes educating kids is a shared community responsibility, and the Turkey Trot is a perfect example of the community coming together to make a difference for Greenwich kids.

 

Julie Faryniarz
Greenwich

 

The author is the executive director of the Greenwich Alliance for Education.

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