The Tradition Before The Tradition
SPARTA — Fair weather and a need to get out and celebrate contributed to the record turnout for the Sparta Education Foundation's sixth annual Krogh's Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Despite trying times, the spirit of thankfulness was in the air.
The Sparta High School Marching Band kicked the morning off with some pep music followed by the National Anthem. At 8:15, the 1-mile Fun Run headed down East Shore Trail.
Once they crossed the finish line, SHS Principal Dr. Dan Johnson led the over 2,000 people who ran, walked, and jogged the 5K. Hundreds of family members and friends came out to cheer them on.
Wednesday evening, the Lake Mohawk Country Club opened its doors for the pre-race registration. While on the boardwalk people ate pasta provided by Villa Capri and warmed up to the music of R.E.N.O.
At the finish line, the runners were greeted with bagels, provided by Augie's, along with fruit and water.
Many volunteers get up very early to make this event run smoothly. This year, additional volunteer support was provided by the Sparta High School Recycling club who cleaned up the garbage and by Boy Scout Troop 150 who helped with the water setup. Kylen Anderson, the race coordinator, said "this is the kind of morning that makes me proud to be part of the Sparta community."
The first place male winner was Gian-Paul Caccia from NYC, with a time of 14:29.
Second place male finisher was Justin Scheid from Sparta with a time of 14:37.
Third place male finisher was Steve Soprano from Flagstaff Az, with a time of 14:38.
The first place female finisher was Nicole Falcaro from NYC with a time of 17:41.
The second place female finisher was Carly Zinner of Sussex with a time of 17:46.
The third place female finisher was Kait Cheqwidden from Hamburg with a time of 18:01.
The Krogh's Turkey Trot is the Sparta Education Foundation's largest annual fundraising event. The SEF is a NJ non-profit 501(3) corporation whose mission is to provide funding for programs that enhance the learning environment in the Sparta public schools. To date over $350K in grants have been implemented.