Today was full of different Thanksgiving Day events, including the 4th Annual Turkey Day 5K race at Notre Dame High School Thursday morning.
Among the runners was one very special guest.
Over 800 people joined in on this morning’s Turkey Day 5K, hosted by Elmira Savings Bank and Notre Dame High School. Runners and walkers gathered at the starting line around 9 a.m., and had to cover about a 3.1 mile distance before crossing the finish line. For a few, the race was about accomplishing some goals.
“Not stopping while I was running, which I did that,” runner Charlee Strowman said. “I was also here last year, and I didn’t stop.”
“To give thanks for our health,” runner Karen Wida said. “For Journey Fitness making us healthy again.
“Celebrating our ability to do a 5K,” runner Kathy Doty said.
For others, the Turkey Day 5K is a family tradition.
“My mom,” runner Kiersten McCarthy said when asked who she is at the race with. “Cousins, aunts, and uncles,” runner Lauren Schenkel adds.
“It’s a family tradition, running the Turkey Trot Notre Dame 5K,” runner Amy Steed said. “We all come home for Thanksgiving, and we make this a tradition every year,” Killeen McCarthy adds. “We all come from all over.”
It was a morning full of excitement, friends, and family all for a good cause. Raising funds for the tuition assistance and scholarship programs at Notre Dame, all the money raised will go to the students. This may have been the 4th annual event, but there is something extra special about it this year.
“Today of course is very exciting because Molly Huddle, our most famous alumnus, was here today to have the track named after her,” race director Jessica Ryan said.
“It is a very special moment, just to have that kind of an honor,” Olympic runner and Elmira Native Molly Huddle said. “I am still competing, so it is kind of mind blowing that this would happen so soon. It is a really touching, the outpouring of support from my school where I first ran and was supported by the coaches and teachers here. So, it’s really special.”
It was a cold rainy day, and Molly Huddle wanted to give best wishes to the runners.
“I hope they stay warm, and have a fun Turkey Trot,” Huddle said. “So, they can earn their big meal when they get home, and relax with their families. So, just have fun out there.”