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10th Annual Krogh's Turkey Trot in Sparta a Huge Success for SEF

Posted Thu, Nov 24th, 2016 By Gwen Donovan


The Krogh's Turkey Trot marked its 10th anniversary in Lake Mohawk on Thanksgiving morning with thousands of enthusiastic runners and spectators filling White Deer Plaza. 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. Over 1,860 runners participated in the 5K.

The 5K course on East Shore Trail started and ended at White Deer Plaza in front of Krogh's Restaurant and Brew Pub with views of Lake Mohawk along the way. Finishing in first place was Liam McHale of Sparta with a time of 16:39, followed by Ian Anderson of Fredon at 16:46. In third place was Steven Cassano of Randolph at 16:56. Among the female runners, Aimee Chegwidden of Hamburg was the champion with a time of 18:24. Carly Zinner of Sussex was second at 19:24, and Lindsey Bray of Emmaus, Pennsylvania was third, running 19:39.

Krogh's Turkey Trot was named the #1 Turkey Trot in the state by NJ Runs in 2015 who cited the picture-perfect location and pre-run festivities including the Pasta Party for all registered runners catered by Villa Capri II on Wednesday night at Lake Mohawk Country Club. The Turkey Trot was directed by Sabrina Lucas and co-chaired by Kylen Anderson, a member of the Sparta Board of Education, and Dorothy LaBeau, trustee and past president of the Sparta Education Foundation. Scores of local volunteers kept things running smoothly, and Sparta High School student Blaze Dalio sang the national anthem before the race. Sparta School District Superintendent Dennis Tobin was the official race starter; he is retiring from his position in December. Additionally, the SEF hosted a food drive, collecting non-perishable donations to benefit the food pantry at the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta.

Visit or to learn who won an Apple watch, Beats by Dr. Dre Solo 2 Luxe headphones or Krogh's $100 gift certificate. The winners were randomly chosen after the Turkey Trot for those who pre-registered for the new FireFan app, a free mobile sports app raising funds for the Sparta Education Foundation. Go to and enter the code SEF to raise money for Sparta's schools.

The Sparta Education Foundation strengthens public schools, supports teachers and inspires students. Since 2006, they have donated over $760,000 in grants to all five of Sparta's public schools. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to engage the entire community in philanthropic giving. Visit for more information.


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