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.