November 26, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

6,000 Turkey Trot Runners Set New Record

A record number of more than 6,000 runners and walkers continued a Springfield, Missouri tradition by participating in today’s 15th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, held in downtown Springfield.

Attendance records have been broken over the past few years. There were 3,400 participants in 2006; 4,246 in 2007; and just over 5,000 in 2008.

The Springfield Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K race in the state of Missouri, and is the largest annual race of any kind in the Springfield metro area.

Awards were presented to the overall winners, with the top three racers in each of 14 age groups receiving prizes. Participant standings are now available through a link on the Park Board’s homepage at www.parkboard.org.

The best overall female runner was Courtney Waltbillig, 21, from Rogersville, Mo., with a finish time of 18:13. The best overall male runner was Aki Nummela, 24, from Joplin, Mo., with a finish time of 15:17.

The best overall female masters runner (40 years of age and older) was Anna Assenmacher, 41, from Springfield, with a finish time of 20:10. The best overall male masters runner was Brian Schmidt, 40, from Sachse, Texas, with a finish time of 16:55.

This year’s race had participants from at least 26 states and four other countries.

All proceeds benefit the Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund. Participants also were asked to bring three canned food items for the Ozark Food Harvest. More than 4,400 pounds of food was donated in 2008.

MEDIA ONLY: For more information, contact: Bob Nelson, Public Information Administrator, cell phone (417) 839-2005.