Chatham's Turkey Trot A Timeless Thanksgiving Tradition

By: Kat Szmit

Topics: Chatham , Running , Sports

Runners and walkers of all ages set out on the 2016 Chatham Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Kat Szmit Photo

CHATHAM In the early hours of Thanksgiving morning it seemed that every turkey in Chatham was left at home to baste itself as thousands of runners, walkers, and supportive spectators made their way downtown for the 2016 Turkey Trot.

The event originally began in 2005, conceived by Mary Parsons and Linda Redding and inspired by the We Gather Together run-walk held in Sandwich each Thanksgiving. The Chatham event not only allows folks from the lower Cape to get running (or walking) in style, but also helps raise funds and food items for the Lower Cape Outreach Council.

This year, according to the Turkey Trot Facebook page, more than 2,600 people participated in the event, with more than 1,200 bags of food donated, along with $40,000 for the LCOC.

The first woman to cross the finish line in the race was Mandy Plante, followed closely by Kimberly Robbins in second and Lilly Bradley in third. Stephen Gomez-Peck was the first man across the line, with Brian Allen placing second and Michael DeMayo third.

For a video of the event visit www.capecodchronicle.com.