Dear Editor:

I’m pleased to report that the 9th Annual Chatham Turkey Trot was our most successful race ever! The
event had nearly 1,000 runners and raised more than $27,000 benefiting our first responders and diabetes research and education, including the Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department, the Diabetes Research Institute, the 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 Sponsors: All-State - John Hawk, BoxCar, Caldwell Banker - Debbie Woerner, Dreyer's Lumber and Hardware, JAG Physical Therapy, Jaguar Morris County, Klas Electric, the Law Offices of Rosemary Stone-Dougherty Esq. Silver Sponsors: Kitchen Intuitions, Kraftmaster Renovations Bronze Sponsors: Morris Animal Inn, Simonfay Landscaping Gifts-In-Kind Sponsors: Starting Line Sports, GoBallistic Sports, and Bradley and Sons Funeral Homes (Learn more at 

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Thanks also goes to this year’s Junior Race Committee: Katie Caracciolo, Cameron Grant, Olivia Nevin,
Mihika Ramprasad, Will, Mollie, and Grace Ritter, Ella Surmelli; as well as the "Senior" Race Committee: Vincent Caracciolo, Jim Connelly, Mike Cooney, Rob Failla, Ashim Gulati, Tom Harkins, Ron Icart, Jen Kulp, Pat Murray, Pete Nejes, Heather Quick, Tom and Sharon Tether, Corrie Thomas, and John Vanslyck. This was a team effort and could only have been done with all of their help and support. 

Special thanks also goes to the Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department, the Department of Public Works, the Chatham Township Police Department, the Chatham Emergency Squad, as well as our public officials, who have helped to make this a hallmark holiday 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 2018. 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 2018!


Curt Ritter, President

The Chatham Turkey Trot