November 25, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Turkey Trot Breaks 7,000 Mark

Another record number of more than 7,100 runners and walkers continued a Springfield, Missouri tradition by participating in today’s 16th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, held in downtown Springfield.

Attendance records have continued to grow over the past few years. There were 4,246 in 2007; over 5,000 in 2008; and 6,229 in 2009.

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 17 age groups receiving prizes. Participant standings are now available through a link on the Park Board’s homepage at .

The best overall female runner was Josie Wilcox, 19, from Springfield, Mo., with a finish time of 18:12. The best overall male runner was Rick Elliott, 20, from Springfield, with a finish time of 15:25.

The best overall female masters runner (40 years of age and older) was Anna Assenmacher, 42, from Springfield, with a finish time of 20:11. Assenmacher won this same division last year with a time of 20:10. The best overall male masters runner was David Hunsucker, 40, from Springfield, with a finish time of 18:17.

This year’s race had participants from at least 30 states and three other countries.

group photo of 1107th Aviation Group stationed in Kuwait

Media: A group of men and women serving with the Springfield-based Missouri Army National Guard 1107th Aviation Group stationed in Kuwait participated in the race late last night. The photo in this article links to a high-resolution copy, emailed from the group, which you are welcome to use.

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 6,800 pounds of food was donated in 2009.

Any runners who did not participate in today’s race, but picked up their packet, are asked to mail their timing chip back to: The Starting Block, 1254 East Republic Road, Springfield, MO, 65804.

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