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Folsom Turkey Trot a huge success

More than 3,600 ran Thanksgiving morning
By: Brett Ransford, Telegraph Correspondent
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The third annual Folsom Turkey Trot was a smashing success again on Thanksgiving Day, as more than 3,600 people came to burn some early morning calories in the 5K and 10K race/walk. Last year the event brought in more than $23,000 according to Race Director and Folsom resident Dr. Todd Drybread. Assistant Race Director Felix Poggemann teamed up with Drybread in organizing more than 100 volunteers, exceeding last year’s turnout. Drybread said he hoped the event would raise nearly $35,000 in part to the Twin Lakes Food Bank. The event exceeded Drybread’s expectations. “We’re above where we wanted to be this year,” said Drybread. “We have more volunteers than in the past which is fantastic because we depend on volunteers. We were able to get more sleep the night before than last year. We actually got about an hour of sleep last night. Usually we’re up all night. We also received more donations of food and clothing than ever before.” Poggemann said with the help of Renee Drybread, Todd’s mother, the event saw much more community involvement than could be asked for. Some groups included the Key Clubs from Vista del Lago and Folsom High School and the Folsom Kiwanis Club. “My wife is working registration, I have four or five in-laws and three or four kids that are racing and I’ve got friends all over the place,” said Poggemann. “The whole point is to get Folsom doing something together. I think we’re going to be donating a lot of money this year and that’s the best part of it all.” The Hatch family from Folsom started a Thanksgiving Day tradition at this year’s run. Zach and Farren Hatch participated in the event with the daughter Samantha, 4, and son, Drew, 2. “This is kicking off our Thanksgiving,” said Farren. “I think it’s important for the kids to be a part of this too and experience the community. We were explaining to them that the money from this goes to the food bank for people that don’t have food. After the race it’s up to Placerville to eat turkey.” Zach works as an officer for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department as he and Farren wore their Holiday Run for the Youth T-shirts in promotion of the Rancho Cordova Police Activities League event on December 12th. Unique about the Turkey Trot is its acceptance of all people, including dogs. Todd and Ines Gourley of Orangevale were happy to bring their Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, Spike, along with them. “We get to kill two birds with one stone in exercising him and us,” said Ines. “We’ll be visiting with some family and preparing some dishes for a late-afternoon dinner for Thanksgiving.” Todd added, “We’ve done the Run to Feed the Hungry several times and thought it would be nice to do the Turkey Trot this year. The main thing about coming was we get to bring Spike,” 38-year old Ed Brooks won the 10K run with a 5:35 minute pace and an overall time of 34:43. Jesse Barragan placed second (34:54), Ron Ringler third (35:31), Evan Rudd fourth (36:38), and John Mansoor in fifth (36:58). Folsom resident Erinn Kim had the best female 10K time finishing in sixth place overall at 37:50. The 5K race went to 21-year old Scott Crawford running a 5:01 pace finishing at 15:35. The next four finishers were Mike Livingston (16:05) and Jason Harne (16:10), Jeff Campbell (16:27) and Robert Grove (16:37).