WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) ) Some folks in Lycoming County had an early start to their Thanksgiving, as hundreds of runners and walkers made their way to the 1st Turkey Trot 5k. Eyewitness News reporter Morgan Parrish headed out to the race, to find out more.
On your marks..get set…go! At least 400 people put on their running sneakers Thanksgiving morning and geared up for the first Turkey Trot Run in Williamsport.
We’ve been out since about 4 o clock this morning setting up the course, getting ready, t-shirts were a great hit this year.” said Jeff Miville, Race Director
And it wasn’t just people who came out to commerce park
“I’m walking with my dog this morning, my wife is running.” said Adam Roskowski, Loyalsock Township,
They also didn’t let a little bit of chilly weather get in their way.
With only a high of 30 degrees this morning. These runners say they were were ready to brave through the cold.
“Very cold, can’t feel my finger or my lips at the moment.” said Miville
“Honestly this is perfect weather for this type of event. If i was running I’d like it even more.” said Roskowski.
“I prefer it to be cold than really hot but this is definitely a little bit colder. Not being able to feel your face and your hands, it’s kind of rough.” noted Ryan Mahalsky, Lewisburg
Mahalsky was the first runner to cross the finish line.
He says participating in an event like this is just a warm up for him.
“It feels great. You know I’m running a club cross country nationals in two weeks. I’m trying to make the world team. This is just a tune up for that.”
“These athletes not only worked up a sweat..but they also worked up a hefty appetite for thanksgiving dinner.”
At the end of the day…It’s not about who finished first or last…But instead focusing on what’s really important on this holiday.
“My family.” said Oliver Varner.
“Family. Oh yeah, family for sure. I miss them but I love being around them.” added Mahalsky
Prizes were given to the overall top male and female winner– as well as the top two male and female runners.