Exactly 8,000 runners and walkers registered for Springfield’s Thanksgiving Day tradition this morning, the 23rd Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk.
Participants in the Pet Category set another record, with more than 790 registering to walk or run with dogs. Race numbers are not yet official. The largest Turkey Trot 5K took in place in 2012, with 9,007 participants.
The annual event is Springfield’s largest timed 5K race and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, with proceeds benefiting Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund. The event also serves as one of the largest one-day food drives of the year for Ozarks Food Harvest.
Overall race winners were:
Best Overall Male: Jarod Ozee, 18, from Springfield, at 15:46. Best Overall Female: Rebecca Senn, 25, from Springfield, at 18:49. Best Masters (over 40) Male: Matt Wegenka, 53, from Springfield at 17:08. Wegenka said he helped organize the first Turkey Trot race in Springfield. Best Masters (over 40) Female: Rosie Laughlin, 52, from Springfield, at 21.01.
Following a 48-hour dispute period, medals will be mailed to first-, second- and third-place age division winners. Age divisions are 9 and under, then staggered in five-year increments up to 84 and older.
For more Turkey Trot information, visit ParkBoard.org/TurkeyTrot or call the Park Board office at 417-864-1049 (closed Thanksgiving Day.)
(Information provided by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board)