UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Turkey Trot: Fleet-footed flock gets fast start to Thanksgiving

Friday, November 23, 2012

Turkey Trot: Fleet-footed flock gets fast start to Thanksgiving

It's become a traditional way to start Thanksgiving on the right foot in Fairfield: the annual Pequot Runners' Thanksgiving Day Road Race.
With kooky turkey hats, feathered headdresses and even canines running in tandem with their masters, the 35th annual Pequot Runners Thanksgiving Day "Turkey Trot" Road Race once again served as a great way to work up a holiday appetite early Thursday.
From elite runners to casual walkers, there was an overall field of more than 5,500 entrants, according to Jeff Palmer, the race director, of which 4,800 signed up to run the Turkey Trot's 5-mile course while the rest chose the 2.7-mile fitness walk.
Palmer suggested, with a grin, that all who registered may not have reported for the 8:15 a.m. race as, the previous night, Thanksgiving Eve, is a popular night for celebrating on the town. But the field was still one of the largest in the race's history, in large part due to the spectacular weather, which was "about as best as we can hope," said Palmer.
Indeed, skies Thursday morning were bright blue, temperatures topped 50 degrees and the road was dry.
"We're blessed in terms of what we've been through," added Palmer, with reference to Hurricane Sandy, which tore through coastal areas Oct. 29, leaving many local neighborhoods in ruins and scores of residents still struggling to get back on their feet.
But entire families turned out for the festive event, along with college students home on break, school running club teammates, Pequot Runners Club members, packs of friends, office pals and others.
Here are scenes from the 35th annual race and fitness walk early Thursday in the Southport section of town. READ MORE:

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