Trotting for the memory with frigid conditions

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By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Tom Boman begins the Turkey Trot from the Town Common.

Shrewsbury – Over 1,600 registrants supported a Shrewsbury holiday tradition: Thanksgiving Day’s eighth annual Turkey Trot for the Memory to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Mass./N.H. chapter. Most registrants braved Nov. 22’s unseasonably frigid temperatures and sub-zero wind chill to complete the five- or two-mile run/walk, beginning at and ending near the Town Common.

Speaking from the gazebo on behalf of the event committee, Jane Lizotte welcomed the runners, walkers and volunteers, and thanked them for their ongoing support. Her father, the late Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis P. O’Connor, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1999 and passed away in 2007. This fundraiser was organized in his memory.

Daniel Mortimer, a Shrewsbury native now of Worcester, finished the five-miler first overall in 27:56. Mary Beth Cashman of Shrewsbury was the first-place female in 33:32.

A commemorative hat emblazoned with the event logo will be postal mailed to the winners of each age division. Twenty-five participants went home with freshly-baked pies won in a raffle. The event’s major sponsor was Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union.

Runners begin the eighth annual Turkey Trot for the Memory from the Town Common. Mary Beth Cashman of Shrewsbury (bib #36) was the five-miler’s first-place female in 33:32.
John and Karen Sliwoski help with registration inside First Congregational Church.
Jon and Brenda Stewart are ready to walk the Turkey Trot from the Town Common.
Gerry McCooey and Ronnie Rieder complete the two-mile route.
Daniel Mortimer finishes the five-miler first overall in 27:56.
Harrison Miles, 12, is the first to finish the untimed two-miler.
Gustavo Sanoja completes the five-mile route.