November 28, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

19th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk draws 8,000

An estimated 8,000 took part in this morning's 19th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, held at 8 a.m. in downtown Springfield. The annual event is Springfield's largest timed 5K 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 the largest one-day food drive of the year for Ozarks Food Harvest.

Final numbers will be tallied next week, but race officials estimate about 8,000 race registrations were made between October and race day morning.

Overall race winners were announced after the event, with Christopher Mooneyham, 19, of Springfield, as Best Overall Male at 15:42, and Kimi Reed, 25, of Brookline, as Best Overall Female at 17:37.

Overall Masters Division winners were Justin Adams, 41, of Dadeville, as Best Overall Masters Male at 17:00, and Rosie Laughlin, 48, of Springfield, as Best Overall Masters Female, at 21:21.

Race results are posted at www.parkboard.org. Medals will be mailed to age division winners following a 48-hour dispute period.

This year's numbers were down from 2012's record of 9,007. Race officials attribute the dip to a week of significantly cooler temperatures, compared to last year. Today's temperature was about 26 degrees at race start, with a wind chill off 19 degrees. This year's race was warm compared to the first Turkey Trot in 1995, when a flock of 117 runners braved 17-degree weather.

For more information, call the Park Board office during business hours at 417-864-1049.

For media inquiries only, call Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-224-5510. Happy Thanksgiving!