We are extremely lucky and forever thankful to be part of such a wonderful and generous community. This year, the Turkey Trot set a record with $4,030 in donations for Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County. Additionally, the 397 runners was the second most we’ve ever had in 40+ years of the run. While the morning was cool and crisp, the overall weather was perfect for Thanksgiving morning.
For those not in the know, the Turkey Trot is not a traditional competitive race, but rather a prediction run. Participants write down their predicted times before running, then complete all or part of the course without a timing device. Those closest to their predicted times win pies. This year, Ben Kornblum, Gerrit Van Loon, and Rowan Cynch were all within one second of their predicted times for the 5.5-mile course. Bob Walters was only two seconds off, and seven other trotters were within ten seconds of their prediction.
The honor roll has been updated to include everyone who’s run five or more times in the history of the race: Turkey Trot Honor Roll 2017 pdf
Also, the Ithaca Journal covered the race twice. Once a few weeks before Thanksgiving, and again at the run itself. It’s been reported that the latter made the newspaper’s front page on Black Friday. (Click the links for interviews, photos, and a video from the Journal in it’s coverage of the run.)