Turkey Trot another huge success, $38,000 raised

The Turkey Trot brought out runners of all ages to lose those Thanksgiving calories and benefit the Greenwich Alliance for Education. –John Ferris Robben

The Turkey Trot brought out runners of all ages to lose those Thanksgiving calories and benefit the Greenwich Alliance for Education. –John Ferris Robben

After a high-calorie Thanksgiving feast, there was no better way to shed those extra pounds than last weekend’s fourth annual Turkey Trot in Greenwich.

The annual event included both a 5K road race and a one-mile fun run/walk, and this year close to 1,100 participants took part in the fun. The Turkey Trot benefited the Greenwich Alliance for Education and its goal of enhancing opportunities for all students in Greenwich public schools. According to the alliance, $38,000 was raised for programs like Going Places with Books, Tuning in to Music and the alliance’s Reaching Out grants, which include boosting the AVID program and the Digital Divide.  

The Turkey Trot has become a Thanksgiving weekend tradition for many families in town, and there were participants both young and older, and school administrators, students, parents, and community leaders all slipped on a pair of sneakers to get involved. Many families participated as a group, too.

Daniel Wilbanks, 19, from Old Greenwich had the fastest time for a male in the 5K race and Gillian Geiger, 39, from Riverside took home top female honors. Additionally, North Street School was the winner this year of the RBC Wealth Management School Competition to see which school could register the greatest number of participants. For that, the school received a $500 gift card for playground equipment.

The alliance gave out special thank-yous to the Hospital for Special Surgery as the 5K race sponsor. Cadillac of Greenwich was the one-mile run sponsor, and Patriot National Bank, Market Axess, General Atlantic, and Computer Super Center sponsored the bags and sent volunteers to help out with the event. One volunteer received specific praise as Kara Bittman put on the turkey suit to cheer runners on.

More information is online at Greenwichalliance.org.

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