November 24, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Continues to Set Records

Another record number of more than 8,000 runners and walkers continued a Springfield, Missouri tradition by participating in today’s 17th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, held in downtown Springfield.

Participants representing 37 states, including Missouri, and two walkers from China, were part of the record-breaking crowd. 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.

Since its inception in 1994, race attendance has continued to grow exponentially. The race first debuted with 117 participants, by 2008 the number had increased to 5,150. In 2010, it was at 7,155. That record was broken by midday on Wednesday when event organizers took in over 1,000 race registrations.

Awards were presented to the overall male and female winners. The best overall female runner was Ashley Scott, 20, from Lebanon, MO with a finish time of 17:38. The best overall male runner was Brett Carter, 23, from Indianaola, Iowa with a finish time of 15:04.

The best overall female masters runner (40 years of age and older) was Anna Assenmacher, 43, from Springfield, with a finish time of 19:51. Assenmacher won this same division the last two years with finish times of 20:10. The best overall male masters runner was Pete Doll, 40, from Columbia, MO with a finish time of 16:43.

The top three racers in each of 17 age groups will receive their medals in the mail. Participant standings are now available through a link on the Park Board’s homepage at

All proceeds benefit the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund and Developmental Center of the Ozark. Participants also were asked to bring three canned food items for the Ozark Food Harvest. More 11,000 pounds of food was donated in 2010, making it one of the largest single event collections for the local organization. A final tally on food donations will not be available until Monday, November 28.

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: Anne-Mary McGrath, Special Events Administrator, (417) 353-3514.