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Annual Turkey Trot scores thousands

Thanksgiving runners raised a total of $2,300 for disabled athletes

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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:30 am

Flushing Meadows Corona Park continued to honor its Thanksgiving tradition by hosting the annual New York City Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 30.

“It’s your post-turkey workout. Your body will thank you later,” joked the registration table posters. All Community Events, the organizers of the Turkey Trot, teamed up with communities throughout the nation to form the American Turkey Tradition, a multicity running festival. Participants ran with neighbors at their local venue, but had the ability to later compare their results with other Turkey Trotters, totaling approximately 60,000 runners, across the country on a national leader board.

“I used to run this race with my mom when it was on Thanksgiving Day,” said Annie Reeves of Whitestone. “We’d run and then go home to start cooking dinner. We liked it better when it was on the holiday, and my mom couldn’t make it this year, but I still came to keep the tradition.”

Reeves is training to run a half-marathon in May and looked at the event as practice. Although the Turkey Trot offered a half-marathon race, Reeves chose to run the 5K. A third option, a kids’ “fun run,” took place before both races.

More than 1,500 runners participated in the New York Turkey Trot, raising a total of over $2,300 for the Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program, said Alexis Conklin, event manager of All Community Events. The nonprofit organization is a running and walking club created for special-needs and developmentally disabled athletes. The organization will use the funds raised to cover its athletes’ expenses — shoes, clothing, race entries, association memberships, transportation and anything else required for their participation in athletic events.

“This is my first year at this race,” said Tom Garvey of Manhattan, who donned a Santa suit and boasted a third-place overall finish for the 5K. “I usually spend Thanksgiving in New Jersey and run a 5K there.”

The top three-finisher explained that his cat, Mo, needed emergency surgery, forcing him to change his holiday plans. Garvey had found Mo in a Queens dumpster years before, and joked that his return to the borough was fitting.

The event welcomed many new racers, including Lauren and Linda Geffen, who were encouraged to participate by their friend, Frieda Christofides.

“I’ve been coming for years,” said Christofides, who was happy to be joined by her friends. The three wore matching reindeer socks and turkey headbands and hoped to continue the tradition in the years to come.

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