Dear Editor,

The weather was beautiful as thousands of trotters, volunteers, sponsors and spectators ventured out on Thanksgiving morning to take part in the 13th Annual Krogh’s Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot embodies Sparta at its best: families, individuals and local businesses coming together to benefit one of our community’s most valuable resources--our public school system and the students it serves.

The money raised at this popular fundraiser goes back to Sparta public schools in the form of educational grants. Please visit to learn more about the Foundation.

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We are grateful to our sponsors, whose generosity made the Turkey Trot possible.  Please join us in thanking them with your patronage: Title Sponsor: Krogh’s Restaurant and Brew Pub; Gold Sponsor: Thorlabs; Grandstand Sponsor: RCCA; Bib Sponsor: Eastern Propane; Goody Bag Sponsor: Realty Executives; Leaderboard Sponsor: Spavia;  Silver Sponsors: Atlantic Health Systems/Newton Medical Center; Comegno Law Group; Coldwell Banker-Julie Killen; Duphiney Financial Network; Dykstra Associates; Lake Mohawk Country Club; The O’Donnell Law Firm; Pine Cone Chiropractic; SchoolCraft Studios; Sharpe Plumbing & Heating; The Staff of Sparta Township Public Schools; Wellness Pediatrics and Villa Capri II. Bronze Sponsors: Askin & Hooker, LLC Attorneys at Law; Augie’s Brooklyn Bagels and Deli; Culligan Water –Andy Ball; NJ Division of Child Protection/877-NJFOSTER; Gallagher Insurance; Gina & Bob Loewen; Integrity Dental; Knoll Communities; Krave Café & Caterers; Lakeland Bank; Lakeland Surveying; Ronetco Supermarkets/Shop Rite of Sparta; South Shore Outdoor; Sparta Elks Club #2356; Sparta Runners Club; Sparta Township; St. Moritz Grill and Bar; The Liquor Factory and Weichert Realtors: Dawn Corbo and Dawnice LaFave. 

We also offer thanks to Villa Capri II restaurant for catering our pasta party, Augie’s Brooklyn Bagels & Deli and Ronetco Supermarkets for providing bagels and fruit for our runners and the Sparta Elks for lending their club to our volunteers. Thank you also to the Sparta Runners Club, who for the past 13 years has staffed our parking lots. We also thank the Sparta Police Department for ensuring a cleared course and the safety of our runners. Finally, a very special thank you to the Lake Mohawk Country Club for opening up their facilities and allowing us to host our pasta party and registration in the ballroom. All of these businesses and our sponsors truly personify the essence of community and we are fortunate to partner with them.

Once again, we thank all who contributed to make the Turkey Trot another magical Thanksgiving morning in Sparta.


Beth Hofgesang and Paige Lucas
Chairs, Krogh’s 5K Turkey Trot and 1-Mile Fun Run