Turkey Trot Tradition

Over 7500 runners came out to Naperville Central High School for the event despite a bitter cold Thanksgiving morning.

For many this was the first time they completed in the trot, including first place male finisher, Andrew Nelson.

“This is an incredible event I am so happy I got to be a part of it. One of my first races back after college and a few injuries and this is just an incredible way to open up,” said Nelson.

Other first time runners were hoping to establish a tradition among friends.

“We did the color run this summer so, we might start a tradition of doing different runs and the Turkey Trot is a good winter one for us to do,” said Naperville resident Emily Walker.

For first place female finisher, Amanda Mirochna, the event is a family Thanksgiving tradition.

“My family is not a bunch of runners but we do this so it’s a lot of fun, then we go to Einstein Bagels, that’s our little place then take a nap and head to grandma’s for dinner,” said Mirochna.

The 5k was sponsored by the Naperville Noon Lions Club, an organization that provides vision and hearing care for members of the community who cannot usually afford it. Reporting from Naperville Central, Natalie Vitale Naperville News 17.

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