Runners ready, set, GO!
And just like that they were off! Over 1,000 runners laced up their sneakers for the Greenwich Alliance for Education’s 5th Annual Turkey Trot.
“All the participants today are supporting all of our programs,” said Jane Hentemann, Board Chair of the Greenwich Alliance for Education. “We have three major programs – Early Literacy, Instrumental Music Program and a Reaching Out Grants Program, which funds innovative teaching ideas for Greenwich Public School students.”
The Turkey Trot is the organizations largest fundraising event, raising $38,000 last year.
“We use this day to raise our profile in the community and to have everyone learn a little bit more about what we do. It’s also a time for us to give back as well by putting on a great morning activity,” said Hentemann.
A 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk took place before the 5K in Bruce Park.
“It’s festive which is nice. The people are really nice and I like the competition because I usually don’t race against people so it is fun,” said Zoe, the first place finisher in the 1 Mile event.
“My favorite part is crossing the finish line because when you finish it, you have achieved it and it feels really good,”said Emily, a Turkey Trot participant.
First Selectmen Peter Tesei, his wife Jill and their two kids James and Caroline participated in this years event. “Certainly getting them [all the kids participating] up and active is important, particularly in this sedentary lifestyle we have with technology and so forth and it is wonderful that they Alliance came up with this event and it gives the community an opportunity to come out and be together.”