On Nov. 22, over 500 participants pounded the pavement in the 13th Annual Turkey Trot held in the Town of Irvington with runners and walkers from around the nation. They competed in such events as the two- and five-mile runs and the “Tot Trot” for kids 8 years old and younger.
Six-month-old Mary Elizabeth Smith and her mother Christine, of Mt.Holly, strike a pre-race pose at one of the biggest long-distance races in the Northern Neck.
The event helped support the Village Improvement Association, which is responsible for a number of projects in the town and also partnered with the Kilmarnock-based Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck (AWL) to collect cat and dog food.
“All the changes made this year turned out well with the new registration and packet pick-up location, chip timing, etc. It was beautiful weather and great crowd support at the finish,” said event coordinator Michelle Lybarger.
In the two-mile event, Justin Stewart and Jenna Crawley led the way for their respective genders as the top finishers.
Stewart, of Weems, finished with a time of 10:49.52 followed by Lancaster’s Ronnie Cutler with 10:56.33 and Nicholas Whay with 11:12.43. Crawley, of Baner Elk, had a time of 12:39.10 followed by Reedville’s Sarah Schindler with 13:09.44 and Hartfield’s Nancy Barnhardt with 13:13.71
Ricky Cappetta, of Stafford, and Julia Smith, of Tappahannock, finished first for their gender groups in the five-mile event.
Cappetta finished with a time of 29:30.02, followed by Mathews’ Marshall Douglas with 29:57.96 and Washington D.C.’s Kai Filion with 30:47.18. Smith ended the race with a time of 33:49.80, followed by Washington native Jennifer Saam with 33:58.14 and Texas’ native Liesl Inglish with 34:05.18.
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