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B'ville Kiwanis race draws thousands

Thanksgiving Day event breaks last year’s record

Lisa Depalma, of Syracuse, and Jessica Mirra, of Rochester, try to stay warm before running in the Thanksgiving Day 5K race, part of the 43rd annual Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Day Race in the village.

Lisa Depalma, of Syracuse, and Jessica Mirra, of Rochester, try to stay warm before running in the Thanksgiving Day 5K race, part of the 43rd annual Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Day Race in the village. Photo by Erin Wisneski.

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Lisa Holt, of Phoenix, is the female winner of the 5K Run event at the 43rd Annual Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Trot with a time of 19 minutes and 28 seconds.

— Thanksgiving Day’s warm weather helped to break last year’s record for the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Trot.

“Running has become more popular in general,” said Baldwinsville Kiwanis Mike Samoraj about the increase in participation. “The Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Day race has been around a long time and has become a tradition for many CNY families to start their Thanksgiving morning. I think the good weather helped race day sign ups as well.”

A total of 2,467 runners participated in the 43rd annual event, which drew 600 more people than participated in last year’s event. Overall, 1,798 participants ran in the 5K. In fact, due to the high volume of 5K runners, organizers plan to change to a continuous loop for next year’s race.

“[There were] too many runners for the turnaround on Sixty Road,” Samoraj said, adding that the new route would be certified, of course.

On race day, 5K runners warmed up for the 9:15 a.m. race by running up and down the streets near the Baldwinsville Central School District campus. Just before the race started, the runners filled East Oneida Street between Mechanic and Virginia streets leaving standing room only. When the race started, the impressive group stretched from just east of Virginia to Sixty Road. Meanwhile, the 669 participants in the 10K warmed up for their 10 a.m. start. The event also included an 8:30 a.m. Kids Run at Baker High School.

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Runners head up Oneida Street at the start of the 43rd Annual Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Trot 5K Run. Eventual 5K winner Chris Stogsdill (tag number 2732), of Camillus, is pictured far left. He won the 5K with a time of 15 minutes, 28 seconds.

Winners of the 5K were Chris Stogsdill (first), Tom Hopkins (second) and Nathan McCabe (third) in the men’s category and Lisa Holt (first), Carissa Swilley (second) and Chelsea Cooper (third) in the women’s category. Winners of the 10K were Brian Lang (first), Chip O'Hara (second) and Jack Knych (third) in the men’s category and Danae Polsin (first), Megan O'Connor (second) and Colleen Shores (third) in the women’s category.

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