The End Zone Seat: This Project is No Turkey
Wyalusing Valley senior Cathryn Pugh has come up with a fun concept for her senior project.
Pugh has organized a One-Mile Turkey Trot to be held at Wyalusing Valley High School on Saturday, Nov. 12, starting at 9 a.m., to benefit People Helping People’s holiday food drive for area needy families.
The race, which will be held over part of Wyalusing’s cross country course around the school, is unique in that competitors must bring a frozen turkey to donate to People Helping People.
Besides being the entry fee—for the past several years, WVHS senior projects can no longer involve cash—the frozen gobbler will also serve as a very heavy and cold baton for the runners.
The runners must carry the turkey during the run. Bags are allowed, however, no wagons or strollers may be used.
A ten-second deduction for every pound the bird weighs will be taken from the runner’s time.
The runner with the lowest time after deductions is the winner.
Pugh credited WVHS music teacher Rachel Murphy with the unique idea.
“Mrs. Murphy thought of it,” Pugh said. “We can’t raise money for our senior projects, but we can raise turkeys.”
There is a motive behind the time deduction based on the weight of the birds.
“I thought it would make it more interesting for the runners,” Pugh said.
Competitors will have to “weigh” in their minds whether they want to carry less weight or get the extra time deducted for a bigger bird.
According to Pugh, this will also allow for a wide variety of turkey sizes for the food drive.
“We have different size families in the area that receive the donations,” explained Pugh, who as a member of Wyalusing’s Leo Club, which hosts the drive, has witnessed firsthand what it means to those that receive the help.
“I’ve helped out as a member of Leo Club,” she said. “It’s a fun experience and it makes their day.”
The food distribution will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19.
If she collects enough turkeys to exceed the demand for Thanksgiving, Pugh plans to hand out the rest at the Christmas distribution.
Prizes will be awarded for the overall male and female runners after the time deductions as well as to the donor of the largest turkey.
To keep with the spirit of fun, competitors are encouraged to wear costumes. A prize will be awarded for the best costume.
Race-day registration will begin at 8 a.m.
Besides Leo Club, Pugh is a member of the band and chorus at Wyalusing.
She was also a contestant in the Outstanding Young Woman competition held earlier this fall.
Athletically, she just completed her season as a member of the Lady Rams’ soccer team. She was also a valuable member of the District Four championship softball team last spring.
Pugh wants to attend college to become a neuroscientist with majors in biology and psychology and a minor in Swahili. She plans to join the Navy’s ROTC program.