Dear Editor:

I’m pleased to report that the 11th Annual Chatham Turkey Trot was our most successful race ever! The event broke all records, both in terms of participants – more than 1,000 runners – and in dollars raised – more than $30,000. This success will greatly benefit the organizations we support: the Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department, the Diabetes Research Institutethe Chatham Emergency Squad and The Barton Center for Diabetes Education.

The Chatham Turkey Trot continues to offer the Chatham community an opportunity to come together to give thanks for all that we have and to raise funds for those dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of others. We remain grateful for the support of our neighbors, race participants, and local businesses, including: Lead Sponsor: Investors Bank, Gold Sponsor: The Law Offices of Rosemary Stone-Dougherty Esq.Silver SponsorsAllstate Johmann Insurance and Financial GroupBoxCar, Dreyer's Lumber and Hardware, Bronze Sponsors: HomeLightKitchen IntuitionsKlas ElectricKraftmaster RenovationsMorris Animal InnRedfin, Simonfay Landscaping, and Gifts-In-Kind Sponsors:  GoBallistic Sports, SunSweet, and Bradley and Sons Funeral Homes. (Learn more at

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Thanks also goes to our Race Committee:  Vincent Caracciolo, Jim Connelly, Mike Cooney, Rob Failla, Ashim Gulati, Ron Icart, Pat Murray, Pete Nejes, Heather Quick, Tom Tether, Corrie and John Thomas, and John Vanslyck. We also thank The Chatham Turkey Trot Junior Race Committee and the Chatham High School Key Club for their efforts and support. This was a team effort and could only have been done with all of their help and support. 

Special thanks, the Chatham Township Police Department, the Chatham Emergency Squad, and the Department of Public Works who have helped to make this a hallmark holiday family tradition in Chatham Township.

So, if you're looking to be a part of a great family holiday tradition, or just want to burn some calories before the big meal, please consider joining us on Thanksgiving Day in 2020. You can learn more, and register, by visiting Be sure to ‘Like Us’ on Facebook at to keep abreast of the latest developments around next year’s race.

Thank you again for your support. We hope to see you in 2020!


Curt Ritter, Founder & President

The Chatham Turkey Trot