2023 Turkey Trot raises record amount for Loaves & Fishes

The 51st running of the Finger Lakes Runners Club’s Turkey Trot was a smashing success. A record $6,730 was raised for Loaves & Fishes, and 458 people participated on an overcast morning in the mid-30s. Did you know the Turkey Trot is now FLRC’s second-largest race after Skunk Cabbage? Consider adding the Skunk Cabbage Classic to your schedule in April as a volunteer or a runner. We have fantastic photos from the Turkey Trot, and if you took any, you can add more photos to that album!

Donation History

2010–13: Truckloads of cans and boxes of food collected
2014: $2,024 collected with 333 participants
2015: $2,855 (423 participants)
2016: $2,756 (268 participants)
2017: $4,030 (397 participants)
2018: $2,549 (211 participants)
2019: $4,137 (312 participants)
2020: $4,192 (virtual, 157 participants)
2021: $4,251 (289 participants)
2022: $5,895 (390 participants)
2023: $6,730 (458 participants)

This year was the 50th anniversary of the Turkey Trot and was, after 17 years, Bruce Roebal’s last year directing this wonderful event. We thank him for his efforts and energy in directing this staple of Ithaca’s race schedule. Steph Bailey will direct next year’s Turkey Trot.

Bruce transferred the names and actual times submitted on stickers handed out at the finish line to the signup sheets with predicted times. “By hand” takes time! A PDF of the “results” is online with a list of those closest to their predictions.

Thanks to Ithaca Bakery for donating bread, bagels, and pastries; Purity Ice Cream for the prize-winning pies; and Cornell Orchards for apples. FLRC picked up the tab for everything else. Thanks to all those who were so generous to Loaves & Fishes.

Thanks to all our volunteers! Although there are too many to list everyone who helped out, the race wouldn’t have been possible without Kathleen Gibson coordinating the food; Tom Hartshorne organizing the police, Scott and Amy Dawson publicizing the race and managing the course marking signs, Adam Engst and Jamie Slater handing out T-shirts, and Christina Culver for putting together a crew of Loaves & Fishes volunteers.