November 28, 2011
Turkey Trot draws largest 6-Pack field
The annual Turkey Trot 5K brought out the largest field of runners and walkers ever in the history of the Fidelis 6-Pack race series this past Thanksgiving morning.
A field of 675 runners worked up an appetite for their Thanksgiving feast by taking part in the Cortland County YMCA sponsored event, the last of six races held in the Fidelis 6-Pack series for this season. The turnout — with runners ranging from ages six to 87 — topped the 488 runners and walkers who participated a year ago.
Jason Phillips and Jenn Randall were the race winners under ideal running conditions, the course starting and ending at the Cortland YMCA on Tompkins St. The 21-year-old Phillips showed the way with a winning time of 15 minutes and 35 seconds — six ticks ahead of Andris Goncarovs. Randall was the fastest female in the large field, the 20-year-old clocked in 18:54.
A significant portion of the proceeds from the race is donated to the Cortland Salvation Army. Non-perishable food items were also collected at the race to help keep the shelves of the Salvation Army’s Food Pantry filled.
The Fidelis 6-Pack series is organized by the Cortland YMCA and the Cortland Regional Sports Council. Sponsors for this year’s series were Fidelis Care, BorgWarner, Contento’s Demolition, Cortland Regional Medical Center, Cortland Regional Sports Council, DLH Properties, Graph-Tex, Janke Family Chiropractic, Plan First Technologies, Royal Motors and Z-95.5 Ithaca’s Hit Music radio.
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