By Hannah Saunders
Woodinville Running Company hosted their fifth annual Turkey Trot in Wilmot Park early on Thanksgiving Day. The event began with a Kids Dash and was followed by a 5k in which 493 locals competed. The Woodinville High School band’s drumline smashed their snares, cymbals, tom-toms and cowbells as a gun went off to start the race.
The drumline played for about five minutes after the runners took off while chanting “Run! Run! Run!” One drummer performed a solo while other performers directed their drumsticks and cymbals towards the soloist to resemble spirit fingers. The drumline was thanked by event host George McKinnon.
People of all ages participated in the event. Some were even racing with their strollers and others brought their dogs to compete in the 5k race. Along the course were signs that read “Proud sponsor of W wrestling,” of which the proceeds of the event went toward.
As runners began flocking back towards the start/finish line, they were cheered on by friends and family members, some of who brought their own cowbells, with words of encouragement.
Many runners were wearing their neon 2021 Turkey Trot long-sleeved shirts, and others were seen rocking turkey hats, tutus, and turkey onesies.
A second start/finish blow-up banner was placed shortly beyond the finish line in the grass, which kids and adults alike ventured toward to snap pictures with the blow-up turkey that was also on display.
Most if not all attendees appeared to be relaxed and happy and uplifting pop music played through the speakers as runners made their way to the finish line. Once the race finished, runners were gathering for the award ceremony.
There was a total of 14 age groups for males and females, and each age group winner received a medal and a pie
The top three male and female winners also received a medal and a gift card. The top female runner was 41-year-old Laura Breymann of Kirkland. Woodinville’s Melissa Phung, 20-years-old, placed second. The third-place female was 21-year-old Alicia Krivanek of Redmond.
The top three male runners were all from Woodinville. Seventeen-year-old Tre Pepper finished first, 17-year-old Gabriel Kary placed second and Will Yaku came in third.
Official race times
Tre Pepper: Chip Time 15:14, Pace 4:54/mile. Gabriel Kary: Chip Time 15:55, Pace 5:08/mile. Will Yaku: Chip Time 16:33, Pace 5:20/mile. Laura Breymann: Chip Time 17:52, Pace 5:45/mile. Mellissa Phung: Chip Time 19:41, Pace 6:20/mile. Alicia Krivanek: Chip Time 20:30, Pace 6:36/mile.