Westborough celebrates Thanksgiving early with fourth Turkey Trot

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Chris Dubois and Carl Roche run toward the finish line.

By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer

Westborough – Nearly 800 runners and walkers gathered at Westborough High School Nov. 18 for the largest Westborough Turkey Trot in the event’s four-year history.

In addition to the main 5k race, the event also included a youth fun run on the Westborough High School track. Formed in 2014 with just 400 participants, the event serves as a sub-committee of the Westborough Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Monies raised support Westborough Public School initiatives outside the scope of the annual school budget.

For organizer Sara Dullea, the event’s growth has been rooted in its focus on families.

“[There are] lots to families running, lots of kids running,” she said. “A lot of times, it’s third, fourth, or fifth graders doing their first race with their parents. It’s very family friendly and family oriented.”

This year’s organizers pre-registered close to 700 runners and expected to register at least 100 more through same-day registration.

Annually taking place on the weekend before Thanksgiving, Dullea said the race is timed well to turn out both a large and diverse field of runners. This year, that group ranged from college students to young children and included Westborough residents and out-of-town runners.

Before this year’s race was even over, Dullea was already looking to the future.

“I just want to thank the community for their support of our race,” she said. “We’ll be back next year.”

A race worker fires the starting gun to begin the 5k.
A turkey mascot cheers on a runner near the end of the Turkey Trot course.
Nicholas Cotton sprints toward the finish line as the first to complete the Turkey Trot course.
Joseph Miller cheers on George Proffitt as the two sprint toward the finish line.
Eric Cardin and Richard Goddeau near the finish line.