Turkey-Toting Good Time
“The families in the community will be very happy.”
Cathryn Pugh, a Wyalusing Valley High School senior, had hoped her senior project, a one-mile turkey trot run on Saturday, Nov. 12, would bring in 50 turkeys for People Helping People’s holiday food drive.
She came about as close as she could Saturday as 49 runners and walkers brought in turkeys as entry fees for the event at the school.
“That’s really awesome,” Pugh said when asked about the turnout.
In the unique event, each runner had to bring in a turkey to donate to enter the race. Each runner would then receive a 10-second deduction from his or her final time for each pound the turkey weighed because the runner had to carry the turkey during the race.
This meant the fastest finisher would not necessarily be the case and that’s exactly what happened.
Mike Murphy was the first runner across the line in a very fast time of 5:34, followed by Sam Williams in 5:47.
But when the handicapping was completed, the overall winner was former Wyalusing Valley and Bucknell University runner Jenny Stevens.
Stevens ran a 6:53, but lugged a 20-pound turkey around the course, which circled the Wyalusing Cemetery and Peterson Stadium, to finish with an adjusted time of 3:33.
Williams was second, overall, and received the top male prize with an adjusted time of 3:53. His turkey weighed 11.4 pounds.
Murphy’s quick time was explained in part by the paltry three-pound bird he carried.
Most participants used backpacks or book bags to carry their birds, but each found it was a challenge in its own way.
“It was difficult,” Stevens said. “Uphill is what really kills you. On the flat you could get a rhythm going, but you couldn’t accelerate.”
“It was a lot harder than I thought it would be,” he said. “I had it under my arm, had to shift it.”
Both of them agreed it was an entertaining way to help out the charity.
“It’s a great cause,” Stevens said. “It’s a great way to help people.”
All the prize winners received their pick of a pie as an award.
Participants were encouraged to run in costumes and several did so.
Little Parker Swank won the best costume prize for his self-made outfit—a cardboard box decorated to look like a turkey.
Ash Sollick won the prize for the largest turkey donated—24.33 pounds.
“I’m really happy,” Pugh said afterwards. “I’m just hoping someone will do it next year and continue the tradition.”
Following are the results from the One-Mile Turkey Trot held at Wyalusing Valley High School on Saturday, Nov. 12. All times are adjusted, with a 10-second deduction for every pound of turkey carried by the participants’ actual time.
1. Jenny Stevens 3:33; 2. Sam Williams 3:53; 3. Tyler Sutton 4:08; 4. Stefan Poost 4:11; 5. Matt Tavani 4:13.6; 6. Dom Ciccolini 4:43 7. Rachel Murphy 4:44.8; 8. Jim Schools 4:52; 9. Erika Huffman 4:56; 10. Mike Murphy 5:04; 11. Ash Sollick 5:06.7; 12. Jordan Schools 5:11; 13. Julie Spear 5:46; 14. Brad Delamater 5:53; 15. Tyler Thompson 6:04.4; 16. Tari Trowbridge 6:51; 17. Danielle Zatkos 6:54.5; 18. Kasey DeVoir 7:16; 19. Veronica Morrison 7:17; 20. Pam Kelley 7:19; 21. Dave Holdredge 7:20.1; 22. Arielle Kneller 8:00; 23. Savannah Schools 8:01; 24. Paighton Martin 8:08; 25. Ally DeVoir 8:08; 26. Erin Dean-Swank 8:17; 27. Kaitlyn Epler 8:21; 28. Jon Morrison 8:24; 29. Katelyn Trowbridge 9:30.8; 30. Parker Swank 10:01; 31. Danelle Salsman 10:01; 32. Lori Morrison 11:25; 33. Dominic Tavani 11:57; 34. Chelsea Epler 12:11; 35. Victoria Gaudian 12:29; 36. Kristie Epler 12:31; 37. Michael/Andrew Perotti 12:50; 38. Lynnet Sollick 13:41.3; 38. 39. Kathy Lutz 14:12.1; 40. Valerie Kinney 14:29.6; 41. Brittany Cooley 14:50.3; 42. Cheyenne Adams 15:01.6; 43. John Chapman 16:21.3; 44. Samuel Tavani 16:47; 45. Katie Johnson 16:49; 46. Keely Johnson 16:52; 47. Jonathan Pugh 16:53.3; 48. Linda Fountain 17:11.3; 49. Matthew Fountain 17:21.3.