There was still frost on the grass when the first of the 388 runners of Saturday morning’s Turkey Trot, ran throughout the campus of Western Michigan University, finished the race.
Runners of all ages and ability made their way through the course which started and ended at the Student Recreation Center. The course made its way all around WMU’s main campus with the mid-way point coming outside the Faunce Student Services building.
From Faunce the runners made their way past the front of Miller Auditorium and from there was the final stretch back to where they began.
Dylan Bramble, one of the Turkey Trotters, said he had the choice of running in the Campus Classic or the Turkey Trot for one of his classes and chose the Turkey Trot.
“I can accomplish something you know,” said Bramble. “Most people are sleeping at this time so you know, ‘you’re sleeping, I’m running.’”
Fellow trotter Lillian Hamman, who said she runs to stay in shape for tennis, was pleased with her performance.
“I did really good,” said Hamman. “I went 26:24, it was really hilly but it was good.”
The race is as annual event that started in 1952. Besides giving participants a fun and healthy experience, there is also a canned food drive associated with the Turkey Trot.
Last year 432 pounds of food were collected. This year the goal was set for over 600 pounds. All food is donated to Loaves & Fishes of Kalamazoo.
For a photograph slideshow of the 2012 Turkey Trot click here.