A crowd of 1,300 runners, walkers and trotters kicked off Thanksgiving Day by participating in the 9th Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot.
The 5K race — the only one of its kind in Palm Beach — is a popular way for island residents and Palm Beach County locals to start their Thanksgiving holiday. Race entries provided Thanksgiving meals to more than 3,200 local residents.
“The annual Turkey Trot has become a very special tradition in Palm Beach,” said Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar, board chairman of the Town of Palm Beach United Way. “Not only does this event provide a wonderful opportunity for 1,300 supporters of the United Way to come together for a morning of fun and fellowship, but most importantly the proceeds of this event are donated to local nonprofits who feed the least fortunate among our neighbors.”
The Turkey Trot began and ended in the newly renovated Bradley Park. The event also featured a Gobble Wobble Obstacle Course for children, raffle and Instagram contest.
Anne-Marie Blaney, 24, of Rochester Hills, Mich. was the top overall finisher and the first female runner to cross the finish line in 16:54.6. Sam Luttier, 22, of West Palm Beach, was the top overall male finisher with a time of 17:06.1.
The following runners placed first in their age group:
Male 9 and under: Julian Barr, 26:13.1 Female 9 and under: Samantha Ramos, 36:22.7
Male 10-13: Julian Virgo, 22:14.9 Female 10-13: Avery Fronrath, 22:41.8
Male 14-17: Sean Douglas, 21:15.0 Female 14-17: Vivian McMahon, 21:05.2
Male 18-21: Joseph Berrafati, 18:01.4 Female 18-21: Andrea Cicatello, 23:31.5
Male 22-29: Dixon McDonald, 18:54.4 Female 22-29: Elise Garden, 20:38.6
Male 30-39: Michael Perrone, 19:45.9 Female 30-39: Latosha Wallace, 20:11.7
Male 40-49: James Carpenter, 18:44.9 Female 40-49: Susan Fahmy, 23:31.2
Male 50-59: Matt Triggs, 20:19.1 Female 50-59: Amy Triggs, 25:03.6
Male 60-69: Didier Fauchet, 22:53.1 Female 60-69: Carol Hassell, 26:27.9
Male 70+: Terry Alfuth, 28:17.5 Female 70+: Mary Dougherty, 26:12.5
Dressed as a piece of pumpkin pie, Carol Smith won first place in the Instagram costume contest. She gets a 3 day, 2 night stay at The Breakers Palm Beach. Courtney Sheehan, Wendy Sheehan and Brandi Sheehan, dressed as turkeys in tutus, placed second. Coley Surovek, Brady Surovek, Aubrey Thomas, Ellie Thomas, Katie Thomas and Maddie Eiland, decked out in Cowboys gear, won third. Winners were chosen by our panel of seven judges, which included Mayor Gail Coniglio, board secretary of the Town of Palm Beach United Way.
This year’s race is graciously underwritten by title sponsors Douglas Elliman Real Estate: Cara Coniglio McClure + Lisa Wilkinson, Findlay Galleries International, Inc. and Livingston Builders. Gold sponsors are C.R. Wilson Construction, Christian Angle Real Estate and Hall Real Estate. The race also received 15 silver sponsors, two bronze sponsors and 47 in-kind donors.
Race proceeds allowed the Town of Palm Beach United Way to send checks to the following 20 health and human service agencies that provide Thanksgiving meals to clients in need: Achievement Centers for Children & Families; Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches; Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service; The Arc of The Glades; Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse; Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County; El Sol, Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center; Families First of Palm Beach County; Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County; Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Palm Beach County; HomeSafe; The Lord’s Place; Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches; Milagro Center; Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center; Palm Beach Habilitation Center; Community Partners; Seagull Services; Take Stock in Children; and Urban Youth Impact.
“The Turkey Trot embodies the spirit of Thanksgiving—it brings the community together and gives back to families less fortunate than ours,” said Cara Coniglio McClure, Co-Chair of The Islanders committee for the Town of Palm Beach United Way with her husband, Jared McClure. “Jared and I are honored to chair this event, which allows us to spend the morning with so many of our friends and neighbors and to remember the meaning of this special holiday.”
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