Krogh’s Turkey Trot in Sparta Enjoys 9th Successful Year on Thanksgiving
The thought of a run on a bright, brisk Thanksgiving morning turned out to be irresistible to over 2,260 runners who participated in the 9th annual Krogh's Turkey Trot in Lake Mohawk, recognized as New Jersey's fifth-largest 5K. This popular fundraiser for The Sparta Education Foundation is known as "The Tradition Before The Tradition," when an 8:45AM start leaves plenty of time to prepare and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to the main run, a one-mile Fun Run kicked off at 8:15AM.
"What a fantastic turnout for the Turkey Trot, and what a wonderful way to begin Thanksgiving day with so many enthusiastic attendees," said Dorothy LaBeau, President of the Sparta Education Foundation. "I am thrilled to see so many people show up as runners, walkers, volunteers and everyone who comes to cheer on the participants. This successful day wouldn't be possible without the support of our many sponsors and dedicated volunteers who make the Turkey Trot go smoothly. We truly have a lot to be grateful for on this Thanksgiving morning." Kylen Anderson, Turkey Trot Chair and member of the Sparta Board of Education echoed that sentiment, saying "How lucky we are to live in this community."
Hundreds of runners and walkers got into the spirit of Thanksgiving by wearing turkey or pilgrim hats, and Santa Claus was even spotted in the crowd. A costumed Sparta Spartan, a Crow from Krogh's Restaurant and numerous dogs also mingled with runners. The race started and ended at White Deer Plaza in front of Krogh's with views of Lake Mohawk along East Shore Trail. Finishing in first place was Justin Scheid of Sparta at 15:26, followed by Chartt Miller of New Rochelle, New York at 15:39, and third place went to Jeremy Scheid of Hoboken at 15:59. The first place female runner was Carly Zinner of Sussex with a time of 18:15, followed closely by Aimee Chegwidden of Hamburg at 18:23, and Danielle Czohla of Lafayette came in third at 18:56.
A free Pasta Party for all registered runners was catered by Villa Capri II; it took place on Wednesday night before the race at Lake Mohawk Country Club. The Turkey Trot was chaired by Kylen Anderson and directed by Sabrina Lucas and Dorothy LaBeau, President of the Sparta Education Foundation. Scores of local volunteers and sponsors kept things running smoothly, and Sparta High School students from Shacappella sang the national anthem before the race. Sparta High School Principal Janet Ferraro was the official race starter. This year's race also included a food drive to benefit area food banks.
Founded in 2006, the Sparta Education Foundation has donated over $600,000 in grants to the Sparta public schools. Recently-funded grants include electric instruments, a VariQuest poster maker, BrightLink projectors and document cameras for Sparta Middle Schools, a Yamaha Clavinova electric piano and document cameras for Mohawk Avenue School, funding for the Robotics Program, a coral reef aquarium project and 12 Nikon cameras for Sparta High School and 25 iPads and document cameras for Alpine School. For more information visit spartaeducationfoundation.org.
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