SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Education Foundation’s 11th annual Krogh’s Turkey Trot was as popular as always.  A crowd of more than 2,100 race participants filled White Deer Plaza, joined by volunteers and supporters to cheer them on. Family, friends and fans lined the route along East Shore Trail as well.

Sparta High School junior Ryden Mederos began the race singing the national anthem with the crowd in the plaza.  Sparta School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi was not only the official starter of the race, he also participated in the 5K.

The early 8:15 a.m. one-mile Fun Run started off the morning.  The main event 5k kicked off at 8:45a.m.  Beginning and ending in front of Krogh’s the first place medal went to Spartan Chris Dugan with a time of 16:46.  Second and third place runners were Liam McHale of Harrisonville at 16:53 and Blake Digiaimo of Newton at 17:19 according to the Sparta Education Foundation’s Gwen Donovan.

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The top three women were Nicole Attas of Hopatcong with at time of 18:26, Corinne Fitzgerald of New York City at 19:38 and Stephanie Peterson of Newton finishing at 19:52 Donovan said.

The event was once again directed by Sabrina Lucas and co-chaired by Kylen Anderson and Dorothy LaBeau. 

The Sparta Education Foundation also hosted a food drive, collecting non-perishibles for the Sparta Ecumenical Food Pantry.

The sponsors included: 

  • Title Sponsor Krogh’s Restaurant and Brew Pub,
  • Gold Sponsor ThorLabs,
  • Bib Sponsor Eastern Propane,
  • Goody Bag Sponsor Realty Executives,
  • Leaderboard Sponsors Spavia,
  • Silver Level Sponsors Culligan-Andy Ball, Villa Capri II, Lake Mohawk County Club, Krave Events Caterer, Fraser Cerra LLC Attorneys at Law, Wellness Pediatrics, Pine Cone Chiropractic, Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Dykstra Associates, Newton Medical Center Foundation/Atlantic Health, Duphiey Financial Network, Reginal Cancer Care Associates, Integrity Dental of Sparta, Biondo Investments Advisors, SchoolCraft Studios, Staff as Sparta Township Schools, Coldwell Banker Julia “Julie” Killen and Sharpe Plumbing and Heating.

The foundation was founded in 2006 and has funded $895,000 in grants to the Sparta public schools.  The volunteer organization is a 501c(3) and is always looking for volunteers.