Congratulations to everyone for a great race! See the "2012 Results" tab above and click here to see photos. See you next year, Sunday, 24 Nov 2013!
The 10th running of the Vienna Turkey Trot, held Sunday, 18 November, set multiple records. The biggest of which was the number of runners – over 1,500. It was also the first time the event included a 10k race in addition to the popular 5k and 1-mile Fun Run.
The 10k drew over 350 of the registrants, and runners completed two laps of the challenging 5k course, which started and finished at the volunteer fire department, and wound its way through the local neighborhoods. In fact, the fire department led the race in one of their trucks clearing the way for runners as the Vienna Police department stood watch at major intersections along the course for safety.
Local home owners came out to cheer the runners on as members of the James Madison High School Marching Band performed along the course at the water station, the turnaround and at the finish.
Mayor Jane Seeman and Jack Novak from the race’s title sponsor, First Virginia Community Bank, were on hand to cheer and recognize the race winners. Top finishers all received a trophy, $75 cash, and a free-range organic turkey from Whole Foods Vienna. Winners included:
- 5K: Luke LeVan (17:27) for the men, and Heather Jelen (19:13) for the women
- The inaugural 10k: Jeremy Lynch (35:16) took the win for the men and Karen Young (47:36) for the women
- Masters division 5k (over 40 years of age): Scott Jaquette (18:54) for the men, and Debbie Rudisill (20:15) for the women
- Masters division 10k: Joseph Galvin (35:40) for the men and Sandra Moncrief-Stewart (48:24) for the women
Additionally, 48 age-group winners were recognized for each race, as well as the top three stoller pushers, who received prizes from Stroller Strides. DC Road Runners Club provided electronic timing for the races using a Chronotrack system. For more results, click here.
Event organizers are all volunteers. They said that this was the largest and most successful Vienna Turkey Trot, which raises money each year for the JMHS Marching Band and the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Michael Hackbarth, the band director, said the group had its most successful competitive season to date, and funds from the race will help support the band’s dreams to compete next year at their first National competition. In addition, the funds will also help the fire department pay for its new fire engine, which will be received later this year.
In the final event of the morning, over 100 young and beginner runners took part in the 1-mile Fun Run. Many parents, who had just finished their races, joined their children on the same course. Daniel Swartz, a band student at James Madison, led the group on his bike festively dressed in a turkey outfit, and fittingly captured the fun spirit of the event as many participants went home, after burning-off several hundred calories, looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family later in the week.