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Brookville YMCA hosts fourth-annual Turkey Trot

November 20, 2011

Rachel Greeley, 10, runs to the finish line during Saturday's fourth-annual Turkey Trot hosted by the Brookville YMCA. Greeley was the first place finisher in the one-mile category, finishing in 10:12. (Photo by Lizi Arbogast/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROOKVILLE — Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and in celebration, the Brookville YMCA held its fourth-annual Turkey Trot Saturday. The trot consisted of three races: The Wingding (one-mile run or walk); the Turkey Trot (five-kilometer race); and the Tough Turkey (10-kilometer race).

More than 70 competitors participated in the various races, and an award was given to each of the top three finishers in each race for both males and females.

The one-mile run was won by 10-year-old Rachel Greeley, who finished in 10:12, just beating second-place finisher Garner McMaster, who crossed the finish line in 10:16.

The silver medalist for the female one-mile was Sara Haines (10:35), while the third-place finisher was Kara Foster (10:40). For the males, five-year-old Kellan Haines placed second overall in 10:33, and five-year-old Cole Householder won the bronze in 11:53.

During the five-kilometer race, 21-year-old Michael Robinson was the first to cross the finish line. Robinson dominated the race, finishing in 17:27. He was more than six minutes ahead of second-place finisher, Taite Truman, who clocked in at 23:50.

Truman also won an additional award for the best costume, as he came dressed as Dopey from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

The third-place award for the males in the five-kilometer went to Cain Beercheck, who finished in 25:00.

On the female side, the race was won by Annie Barnett, who finished in 27:14, while the second-place finisher was 16-year-old Ali Ruffner, running the course in 29:07. Ruffner was followed closely behind by Bobby Jo Byerly, who clocked in just a second later.

The 10-kilometer race saw the fewest number of runners with only 16 runners.

Bill Carr, a 43-year-old male, took home the gold medal in the 10-kilometer, finishing in 46:06. Second- and third-place finishers were more than six minutes behind Carr. Brodie Joiner placed second in 52:11, while Mark Oplinger took third in 52:20.

The overall winner for the females in the ten-kilometer was Tina Moore, who crossed the line in 50:06. Kristie Walter finished in 54:55, placing second overall for the females, and Jane Brisson took third place in 55:40.

YMCA CEO and fitness director Tina Householder said she was extremely pleased with the turnout for the annual Turkey Trot. Householder said the race has grown from 20 competitors in its first year to now more than 70 runners.

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