LIVONIA – The 5th Annual Livonia Turkey Trot was held Thursday, November 27 at the Livonia Central School parking lot. The Thanksgiving Race debuted it’s new chip timing system, along with it’s USATF course length certification of 3.4 miles.
Clarissa Hensler of Livonia took the women’s victory, while I was lucky enough to grab the men’s overall win. The race also featured 7-year-old Catherine Staley of Geneseo, who previously stole the hearts of competitors at the Geneseo Trio races this past summer.
With a balmy starting temperature of 24 degrees, over 450 brave runners took to the streets of Livonia. The roads had mostly cleared by the start time, with a great deal of help from volunteers and race officials shoveling the sidewalks and starting areas. A good helping of salt also contributed to the decent footing.
As the runners and walkers crossed the finish line, their names and bib numbers were called out by officials. Racers were then directed towards the schools Track, where numerous refreshments could be found. Coffee, bagels and assorted fruits were available to all who braved the temperatures, donated by local companies and stores.
The winners of the races received abundant gift baskets, filled with nut butters, chocolates and pretzels. The entire race was very well put on, and elicited a striking turnout number-wise. The race, put on by the Livonia Central School District and the Village of Livonia was established to benefit the Livonia Food Pantry. Race participants were asked to bring a food item for donations.
The race was the fifth since it’s induction, and hopefully there will be many more to come. The combination of a family fun activity on Thanksgiving and a great cause in helping the Food Pantry give a great appeal to the event. The organizers and volunteers were spot on, and certainly went above and beyond in their quest to deliver an excellent experience.
Full results can be found here.
Photo Credit: Photo from David Herbert Sr.