Turkey Trots are many during the Thanksgiving Season. Some people race in them to compete, some people race in them before they eat, some people race in them to hang out with friends, and some people race in them as an excuse to wear a turkey or pilgrim outfit in all of its glory. Whatever their reason for racing during this season, there are runners from all walks of life that come to run in either their local turkey trot or one that is so well known that they see as many as ten-thousand trotters.
For the Big River Racing team this is an exciting part of the year as not only racers are racing in an event that typically sees a lot of good competition but also as a good checkpoint as they wrap up their fall seasons. For this special edition of the wrap up we will cover the Turkey Trot season starting on November 17th and working up towards the weekend.
Speaking of the 17th, St. Charles High School had their annual turkey trot which is where this edition will start. Mike Aitken, the sole Big River Racing runner captured gold as he won the first turkey trot of the season.
Thanksgiving Day came quickly and with it many more turkey trots. Starting in Olivette, MO was their annual turkey trot 5k. This is a tradition to the Olivette community as it sees lots of racers and spectators coming together for this run. Alex Goldberg and Gryphon Kettering went one and two respectively in this trot.
Moving further South in the St. Louis area, lots of racing team members were at the annual Kirkwood-Webster Turkey Day run. This trot is among the most popular turkey trots in Missouri seeing as more than 4500 racers along with many spectators. Many new faces on the team had the opportunity to run in this event and join in on the action. Leading the team in the 3 mile race was Drew Mueller taking 4th overall and 2nd in his age group. Right behind hm was Ben Hudson in 5th of which he also won his age group. Zach Boyle rounded out the top 10 while also placing 2nd in his age group with Riley Flynn not too far behind in 13th and taking 4th in his division. Tony Hilken rounded out the top 15 while winning his age group with Julia Kohnen won the women’s race and took 17th in the overall race. Julia also won the 6 Mile women’s race later in the morning as well and placed 9th in the overall race. John Kelly just inside the top 20 took 19th and 3rd in his age group. Brian Lyons took 23rd overall and placed 2nd in his age group with Matt O’Connor right behind him in 24th and placing 4th in his age group. Coming back from New York for Thanksgiving Break, Brianna Hickey took 31st overall and 2nd in the women’s race as well as in her age group. Jon Petter and Carter Snow went 40th and 42nd in the race taking 4th and 5th in their age group. Julie Lossos-Snow competed in the 6 mile race and took 4th and placing 2nd in her age group. Like mentioned this is a popular turkey trot that see a lot of participation from the team each year.
Finally moving west to Chesterfield, MO was their annual Turkey Trot of which saw over 1000 competitors. Mike Aitken took 3rd overall winning his age group and Frankie Biondo took 8th overall and 5th in his age group on this fast, flat, course.
This was a great Turkey Trot season for the team as many went out and competed hard in their respective races and overall good results across the board along with many edible prizes such as pies, turkeys, etc. The team looks forward to the remainder of their season as well as next year’s turkey trot season.
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