The snows didn’t prevent 855 registered participants from partaking in the 2013 Turkey Trot Time Prediction Run for a fun, upbeat start to the Thanksgiving Holiday. This year the event made a major transformation, injecting extreme adrenaline through running, song, dance and a newly formatted door prize distribution thanks to our fantastic spirit volunteers. For those who participated or volunteered for the 2013 Turkey Trot, it is hard to imagine it as a small grass roots event. In 2004, thirty-nine hearty runners participated in the Kalamazoo Area Runners Turkey Trot Time Prediction 5k Run held at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. In 2005, the event was cancelled due to Blizzard-like conditions, and the following year, 2006, stimulated a growth trend that has continued for six years, with slight dips in 2011 when the event began charging a registration fee, and this year, due to winter weather. In 2009, the event was moved to Portage West Middle School due to improvements made at KVCC and the need for indoor facilities.
Today, the cross country event has become an annual family tradition for hundreds of runners, and although snowy weather conditions impacted late registration slightly, the 2013 Turkey Trot Time Prediction 5k Run still had its 2nd best year ever participation wise (2012, with its mild temperatures, attracted 890 participants), along with a new, fun, upbeat atmosphere.
We would like to thank all of our participants, volunteers and sponsors for making the 2013 event a huge success. The Turkey Trot, which serves as a fundraiser for Kalamazoo Area Runners and raised nearly $8,000, also encourages donations for individuals in need through the Portage Community Center and Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. Participants filled several boxes of socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toiletries and toys to support the charities.
Each year brings about several changes as we strive to make improvements upon past events, and 2013 was no exception. New this year we introduced pre-and post-race entertainment, and door prizes distributed by our energetic spirit volunteers.
The overall male finisher was Clay Burnett of Chagrin Falls, OH with a time of 16:12. Clay and his wife Lisa return to the Kalamazoo/Portage area from time to time to visit family and have participated in both the KAR Turkey Trot Time Prediction 5k Run, as well as KAR’s Kal-Haven Trail Run. Clay also won the 2011 Turkey Trot Time Prediction Run. Natalie Patterson of Richland won overall female with a time of 19:42. Joe Reitz of Schoolcraft, last year’s master’s winner, returned to defend his title with a 20:37, and Jacque Carlson won masters female with a time of 26:07. All four overall winners received the coveted “Rubber Chicken Award” for falling short of the true spirit of the Time Prediction Run by achieving straight out victories.
For the first time ever, a participant attained their exact actual to predicted time. Michael Allen of Portage, predicted and ran a 25:18. The top 25 closest predicted to actual times (and winners of coveted pies from Dough Chicks) were:
- Michael Allen 25:18.00 25:18.00 0:00.00
- Jared Doot 20:23.00 20:22.91 0:00.09
- Vince Fabi 30:00.00 29:59.80 0:00.20
- Susan Baird 30:30.00 30:30.21 0:00.21
- Tazee Vickery 23:00.00 23:00.23 0:00.23
- Eric Fernandez 25:32.00 25:32.70 0:00.70
- Phoebe Thoroughman 34:55.00 34:55.93 0:00.93
- Sarra-Valentina Kli 28:45.00 28:43.92 0:01.08
- Andrew Kaylor 18:00.00 17:58.23 0:01.77
- Janine Johnson 30:00.00 29:57.72 0:02.28
- Riley Waterman 20:49.00 20:51.55 0:02.55
- Mack Jones 33:01.00 32:56.45 0:04.55
- Kevin Kane 27:55.00 27:49.57 0:05.43
- Brian Argo 27:33.00 27:38.60 0:05.60
- Liz Vander Sloot 26:55.00 26:49.23 0:05.77
- Alan Sylvester 28:00.00 28:05.80 0:05.80
- Damian Ruesink 23:47.00 23:41.14 0:05.86
- Chris Steinke 25:00.00 25:06.03 0:06.03
- Aaron Aulgur 24:24.00 24:30.20 0:06.20
- Steven Fryling 28:30.00 28:23.22 0:06.78
- Ben Kellam 26:52.00 26:44.21 0:07.79
- Alain Fabi 30:00.00 30:07.79 0:07.79
- Zach Baker 18:30.00 18:38.00 0:08.00
- Molly Boehme 25:00.00 25:08.03 0:08.03
- Nicole Lewis 26:35.00 26:44.63 0:09.63
The winners of the “Hamming it Up” best costume award went to Gumby and Santa. The winner of the Thanksgiving Centerpiece for the largest in kind donation went to Fred Keister of Portage. Congratulations to all of our award winners.
Sincere thanks to our planning committee members for their leadership and dedication to making the 2013 event possible: Directors Bonnie Sexton and Scott Taylor, Volunteer Captain Andy Hirzel, Refreshment Captain Nikki Gates, Hydration Captain, Rik Ott, and Finish Line and Donation Captain, Brett Beier and Registration Captain and Kenzi Pridgeon. Sincere thanks to all our volunteers, we couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you. Finally, thank you to the generous support of our sponsors for helping to make the event possible:
Biggby Coffee 3279 West Centre,
102.5 Great Country
Agility Physical Therapy and Sports Performance
Borgess Sports Medicine
Mike Peterson Photography
Prater Chiropractic Wellness Center
Hardings Friendly Markets – Woodbrige