Turkey Trot

Turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie are on the menu for many this Thanksgiving. More than 7,000 residents chose to burn off the extra calories before they gobbled down their Thanksgiving Day feast.

The Naperville “Noon” Lions Club Turkey Trot is a Naperville tradition that keeps growing each year. This year included a number of first time trotters, some from as far away as Georgia.

“The colder it is the faster we run,” said Jeannine Rhoden a Georgia resident.

“We are just really excited about being here and being together and having some fun before we eat a lot of food today,” said Joy Walker, also a Georgia resident.

For one local resident it’s a miracle he can even participate at all. After a horrific motorcycle accident, Jeremy Abdoo was told he may never walk again, but with the support of his sister he proved the doctors wrong.

“He’s in better shape than I am,” said Mandy Motz Jeremy’s sister. “I mean the fact that he can come back and do all this and he works out just because he uses it as motivation to push himself,”

What makes Jeremy’s story even more incredible is that just three years after his motor cycle injury a hockey accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.

“I couldn’t move my arms for 3 days. It was scary because I was like ‘oh my god am I going to have to learn how to walk and everything all over again?’” said Abdoo.

Now Jeremy just gives thanks for the ability to run in the Turkey Trot.

This year’s winner Kyle Brady finished 9th last year, but must have eaten his Wheaties before this year’s race, as he finished with a time of 14 minutes and 52 seconds.

“My fastest time on this course so I’m happy with it,” said Brady. “I get my running out of the way early then go have pumpkin pie, turkey and all that good stuff.”

With a sold out 7,500 runners the Naperville “Noon” Lions Club raised more money than ever before.

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