People strut their stuff at the Turkey Trot
SAYRE - Abbey Noldy had the look.
On Thursday, she looked out from under the beak of a turkey costume she wore at the Sixth Annual Sayre Turkey Trot.
As the mascot for the event, Noldy, a Sayre High School senior, was in charge of doing the "Turkey Dance" with the children before the Kids' Fun Run.
"All the kids enjoy it," she said. "It's a nice costume."
Others also tapped into the holiday vibe with turkey-inspired fashions.
Patricia Boehm, Jessica Birdsall, and Sara Kasson wore turkey hats that they had purchased online. Boehm was celebrating her birthday on Thursday, as well.
Gina Puglisi of Apalachin, N.Y. donned sunglasses and a turkey hat. The turkey's tail was arrayed in a fan of orange, yellow, red, green and brown feathers.
Puglisi, her sister, and a friend found the hats after talking about how they were going to dress up for the Turkey Trot.
She liked the turkey hat because it was "something easy."
Amy Steck, Julie Aquilio, Jennifer McGee, Holly Wright, and Theresa Robinson competed in the Turkey Trot as a team, each dressed like Wonder Woman.
They decided to enter the competition because they had been running together on weekends and trained together for the Wineglass Marathon in Corning, N.Y.
The women were successful in the Turkey Trot, finishing first in the All Female Team category.
This year, the Turkey Trot had more participants than ever, according to race director Beth Herbst. She thought the inclusion of teams this year was a big reason for the increased participation. ProCare Physical Fitness of Athens, for example, registered 19 teams, for a total of 87 participants.
Last year, about 500 people took part in the Turkey Trot, but this year, the competition sold out of race bibs at the 750-mark, and then another 50 people decided to just "run and be part of the day," Herbst said. She also thought the weather was great.
Proceeds from the Turkey Trot go to the Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Auxiliary for community support, outreach and hospital projects, according to Herbst. In a news release, she noted that a collection of travel-sized toiletries, laundry items, and non-perishable single-serving food items from the participants on the morning of the race were to be donated to the Sayre House of Hope.
In the 5K, Will Mullen of Waverly, N.Y. was the overall male winner and Rebekah Bentle from Michigan was the overall female winner.
The Turkey Trot had sold out of race bibs by the time that another runner, Ethan Laudermilch of Rome, tried to register, but he participated in the race anyway as a volunteer runner. Interestingly, he was actually the fastest overall with a time of 15:58. Mullen said his time was 16:13.
Laudermilch, 23, and Bentle, 22, are engaged to be married. They were in Indiana Wesleyan University's running program while in college.
The Sayre Turkey Trot 5K and Kids' Fun Run dates back to 2007, and is sponsored by the Robert Packer Hospital/Guthrie Auxiliary. People from different places, including 16 states such as Massachusetts, South Carolina, and California, took part in the event.
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