Trotting in Shrewsbury to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

The Liporto family complete the two-mile course together.

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Shrewsbury – Over 1,400 runners and walkers worked up Thanksgiving morning appetites Nov. 28 by participating in the ninth annual Turkey Trot for the Memory, beginning at Shrewsbury’s Town Common and ending nearby. The five- and two-mile run/walk benefits the Alzheimer’s Association Mass./N.H. chapter.

Speaking from the gazebo on behalf of the event committee, Jane Lizotte announced that the fundraiser has collected $200,000 in its nine years. 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.

Matti Groll of Brighton finished the five-miler first overall in 27:57. The first-place female was Abby O’Toole from Grafton in 30:02.

A commemorative hat emblazoned with the event logo will be postal mailed to the winners of each age division. The event’s major sponsor was Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union.

Donning matching turkey hats, cousins Maeve Shanley, 9, and Katie Lepiesza, 6, finish the two-miler together.
Karen and John Sliwoski share a laugh while registering runners inside First Congregational Church.
Runners begin the ninth annual Turkey Trot for the Memory from Shrewsbury’s Town Common.
Kristi Boman finishes the two-mile walk in style for the holiday.
Costumed as a turkey, Seamus Shanley gets cheers from supporters as he nears the finish line.
Matti Groll of Brighton finishes the Turkey Trot for Memory five-miler first overall in 27:57.