Turkey Trot draws 4,000 despite rain

By: Brett Ransford Telegraph Correspondent
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The fifth annual Folsom Turkey Trot brought out more than 4,000 racers despite rain-soaked courses and a soggy start to Thanksgiving morning. The Folsom Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk and 10K benefits the Twin Lakes Food Bank and the Never in Our Town youth scholarship program and for the second straight year race officials registered an extra 100 racers. Capital Adventure Racing, which runs the event, expects to raise about $32,000. Although it was the first rain-covered Turkey Trot, the event is exactly what race directors Todd Drybread and Felix Poggemann hoped for five years ago. “After four years we’ve reached exactly where we want to be. Some may want us to grow, but we’re happy where we’re at,” said Drybread. As of last year the number of registered participants has been capped at 4,100. The extra 100 this year was due in part to the possibility that rain might deter people from coming out. “It’s funny, though, because I ask people about the rain and nobody cares,” added Drybread. “I’m a little bummed because of the rain, but we’ve been lucky so far. It’s nice to have a good start to your morning without rain.” Major volunteer contributions aided in event setup before the rain began falling harder during the races. Drybread said major contributions from Folsom and Vista del Lago high schools students helped make this year’s event possible. Volunteer services were especially helpful this year because equipment rental prices went up on Drybread and Poggemann, who in spite of rising costs kept registration fees at $20, $25 and $30 depending on the date registered. Folsom residents Corey and Taylor Johnson registered for the first Turkey Trot and were ready to walk, rain or shine. Their 2-year-old son, Jackson, was dry in his stroller and the couple is expecting their newest addition, a newborn daughter named Tenley, any day now. Taylor said last year they were out of town for Thanksgiving and thought about participating in the Run to Feed the Hungry in Sacramento, but decided on the local Turkey Trot instead. “We would have come out here even it was pouring,” said Corey. “We parked right across the street and didn’t have to hike to get all the way over here, which is nice. We’ll be cooking later on, but we’ll walk at [Taylor’s] pace out here.” Like years past, the Turkey Trot again welcomed dogs and dog owners. Sandra and Fred Molitor, residents of Rescue, brought their Weimaraner Millie to its third trot. “This is a great way to get some exercise on Thanksgiving and it’s a great cause to support as well,” said Fred. This year Millie stayed in the car so Fred and Sandra could run, but in her place was their nephew, Jason Fritts, up from Fresno, to get some exercise with the family. “My parents don’t run, but I’ve always exercised with these two when and if we come up for Thanksgiving, whether we’re going skiing or cycling or something else,” said Fritts. “Today I’m just going to try and keep with Fred. Already the calories are being burnt in advance, so it’s a great way to take some preemptive work against the big meal.”