Long Grove Turkey Trot 5k/8k Run/Walk- November 2019
By: Krista Volk, All Community Events Ambassador
It was a beautiful, brisk morning for a Turkey Trot! It was roughly 33 degrees out, with no sun in sight! Luckily the wind had died down greatly from the gusts the night prior. So many families attended this amazing, well-run event. Many young children were eager to run the kids dash that started at 8:30am, ten minutes before the 8k kicked off. So many excited faces as they crossed the finish line. Having the kids dash is a great way to incorporate kids of all ages, and to promote the love of running.
The 8k began at 8:40am. Over 700 smiling faces lined up in their corrals a few minutes prior to start. A great turnout of over 2200 racers for the 5k waited patiently for their race to start. The 5k had two different start times based on pace. The quicker group started at 8:50am and the second group started at 9am. The race was accommodating to runners, walkers, and strollers. The course was scenic, went through neighborhoods, passed beautiful houses in Long Grove. It was primarily a flat course, which many appreciate! Families were spectating at the ends of their driveways and cheering for the runners on different corners throughout the course. There were a few areas where the course was very narrow and racers had to be single file. Towards the finish, the 8k and 5k merged back together to head towards the finish.
The crowds cheering as the racers near the finish line!
Each finisher received an amazing apple cinnamon donut, and cider, along with water to rehydrate, and a celebratory beer for the 21 and over participants! Runners spent time before and after the race taking pictures with their families and friends in front of the giant blow- up turkey! There was a great live band playing at the finish, so some stuck around to listen to them. Others headed to the Village Tavern then to gather and enjoy their beers with others!
The Top Finishers were as follows:
1st: Tyler Polak, 18, of Wheeling finished in 16:02
2nd: Paddy Furlong, 18, of Barrington finished in 16:23
3rd: Noah Kadera, 29, of Brookfield finished in 17:08
1st: Christine Pacewicz, 28, of Saginaw, MI finished in 18:55
2nd: Megan Janezic, 28, of Libertyville finished in 19:14
3rd: Angela Epifano, 27, of Barrington finished in 19:26
1st: Ryan Moncrieff, 26, of Columbus, OH finished in 26:00
2nd: Jeff Glatz, 20, of Barrington finished in 27:22
3rd: Peter Coffey, 27, of Chicago finished in 27:40
1st: Bree Bogucki, 22, of Cary finished in 32:45
2nd: Grace O’Connell, 13, of Lake Zurich finished in 33:14
3rd: Annie Jensen, 41 of Denver, CO finished in 35:05
Full results can be found at: http://results.itsracetime.com/results.aspx?CId=17095&RId=669