SPARTA, NJ – Snow and cold did not interrupt the tradition before the tradition.  Sparta Education Foundation’s eighth annual Krogh’s Turkey Trot went off as planned.  While a few runners did decide to stay home, there was still a good crowd in White Deer Plaza.  There were nearly 300 participants in the Fun Run that began at 8:15 a.m. and approximately 1800 runners in the 5K that went off at 8:45 a.m. 

Sparta High School student Blaze Dalio sang the national anthem before the race.  Sparta Middle School Principal Michael Gregory was the official race starter.

Founded in 2006, the Sparta Education Foundation has donated $508,600 in grants to the Sparta public schools.  The most recent donations include electronic instruments for the Sparta Middle School orchestra, robotics and technical science equipment for Sparta High School, 3D printers for the Sparta Middle School, document cameras for Helen Morgan Elementary school. 

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“For me, the Turkey Trot marks the beginning of the holiday season,” said runner Sharon Tartaglia.  “Every Thanksgiving morning, I enjoy gathering with friends and family to have some fun while supporting this great cause.”

In addition to the Turkey Trot, the foundation has ongoing fundraising opportunites Pathways to Excellence Bricks and Alumni Walkway Bricks.  They have also announced a new event for May of 2015 called Dragon Boat Race.

Current Foundation sponsors are: 

  • Krogh’s Restaurant & Brew Pub,
  • ThorLabs,
  • Eastern Propane,
  • Biondo Investment Advisors,
  • Newton Medical Center,
  • Realty Executives,
  • Pine Cone Chiropractic, LLC,
  • Krave Café & Caterer,
  • Lakeland Bank,
  • Lake Mohawk Country Club,
  • School Craft Studios,
  • High Point Solutions,
  • Sparta Township Schools Staff,
  • Dykstra Associates, PC,
  • Villa Capri II,
  • Julia Killen of Coldwell Banker,
  • John L and Grace P Soldoveri Foundation,
  • Northern Pride,
  • Ocean State Job Lot,
  • Onore Clothing,
  • Shelter Vintage,
  • INSPIRE Fitness,
  • Highlands State Bank,
  • Royal Coachman Worldwide,
  • Sharpe Plumbing and Heating,
  • Dawn Corbo and Dawnice LaFlave of Weichert Realtors,
  • Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP Attorneys at Law,
  • Augie’s Brooklyn Bagels and Deli,
  • Sparta Elks Club #2356,
  • First Hope Bank,
  • Liquor Factory,
  • Sparta Driving School,
  • St Moritz Grill and Bar,
  • Wellness Pediatrics,
  • Mc Guire Chevrolet.