SPARTA, NJ - The 10 year for the Sparta Education Foundation Turkey Trot was as popular as ever. More than 1,860 runners participated in the Tradition Before the Tradition as it has come to be known, according to the SEF.
Sparta High School student Blaze Dalio sang the national anthem to open the event. Sparta Superintendent Dennis Tobin made some opening remarks to all that gathered in the White Deer Plaza to start the run as the official race starter.
The event had something to offer everyone with a one-mile fun run that started at 8:15 a.m. and the 5k that kicked off at 8:45 a.m. The route, a loop down East Shore Trail and back, began and ended in front of Krogh's the event's main sponsor.
According to the SEF the first place finisher was Sparta resident Liam McHale with a time of 16:39. Second place was Fredon resident Ian Anderson with a time of 16:46. Rounding off the top three was Randolph's Steven Cassano coming in at 16:56.
The top female runner was Aimee Chegwidden of Hamburg finishing at 18:24. Carly Zinner from Sussex took second for the women with a time of 19:24. Lindsey Bray of Emmaus, Pennsylvania was the third fastest woman, finishing at 19:39.
Another winner was the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry as the recipient of a food drive organized by the SEF at the trot.
The complete listing of racers times can be found on the SEF website. The winners of the Apple watch and Beats by Dr. Dre Solo 2 Lux headphones and Krogh's $100 gift certificate are also listed on the site. Those prizes were awarded to people chosen at random from among those who pre-registered for the new FireFan app.
Krogh's Turkey Trot was named the number one Turkey Trot in New Jersey by NJ Runs in 2015. According to the SEF, the ranking pointed to the "picture-perfect location and pre-run festivities including the Pasta Party for registered runners catered by Villa Capri II on Wednesday night at the Lake Mohawk Country Club."
Sabrina Lucas directed the event, co-chaired by Kylen Anderson member of the Sparta Board of Education and Dorothy LaBeau, SEF Trustee and Past President. They relied on a number of volunteers as well.
The SEF was founded in 2006 and has donated more than $760,000 to all of the Sparta public schools.