Dear Editor:

I’m pleased to report that the 10th 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 repsonders 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, Dreyer's Lumber and Hardware, Jaguar Morris County, Klas Electric, the Law Offices of Rosemary Stone-Dougherty Esq.
Silver Sponsors: Caldwell Banker - Debbie Woerner, Kitchen Intuitions, Kraftmaster Renovations Bronze Sponsors: Morris Animal Inn, Simonfay Landscaping Gifts-In-Kind Sponsors: GoBallistic Sports, and Bradley and Sons Funeral Homes. (Learn more at

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Thanks goes to this year’s Race Committee: John Benton, 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. 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 Publics 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 2019. 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 2019!

Curt Ritter, President
The Chatham Turkey Trot