Palatine Turkey Trot Draws Thousands
More than 2,200 adults and children turned out for the 32 annual Turkey Trot and Drumstick Dash Thanksgiving morning.
"We're just thrilled at the turnout today, this is such a goodwill event where the proceeds help to fund scholarships through the Palatine Park District Foundation," said Michael Clark, Palatine Park District executive director.
Those scholarships ensure that park district residents experiencing difficult financial times can still be involved in the many programs offered.
Participants also were asked to being a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Palatine Township Food Pantry.
Planning of the event began close to a year ago, due in part to construction around Harper College, and the need to reconfigure the course, said Bonnie DePirro, Fitness, Health and Wellness Coordinator, the lead organizer of the Turkey Trot this year.
For the 2011 event, the Turkey Trot had 1,800 participants. DePirro said it was very rewarding to see that number jump so significantly. The unofficial total at the event was approximately 2,250 people for this year.
"The weather today certainly helped, but it is very gratifying to see all the families and groups out here enjoying this event as a kick-off to their Thanksgiving holiday," she said.
In addition to the 5K and 2K races, a Drumstick Dash also was held for children 10 and under.
Winners Overall 5 Mile Time
Female: Debbie Allen 29:30
Male: Matt Smaga 26:55
Winners 2 Mile
Female: Christina Adduci 12:12
Male: Matthew Pereira 10:39
For a full listing of all the winners in each category, visit The Racer's Hub.