Turkey Trotters hit the road in Westborough

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Turkey Trotters hit the road in Westborough
The 3- to 5-year-olds begin their part of the Fun Run at the Westborough High School track on Nov. 19. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

WESTBOROUGH – Nearly 1,000 runners, young and old, took advantage of a perfect fall morning to participate in the ninth annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 19.

Nearly 900 runners took part in the 5K, which started and finished at Westborough High School (WHS). Another 100 children joined in the Fun Run on the high school track after the 5K.

“It’s a feel-good-for-the-community event,” said Sara Dullea, who is one of the event’s organizers.

Before the start of the 5K, participants warmed up inside the cafeteria.

“It’s team building and a good cause,” said Heather Liolios of Intasis Therapeutics, who teamed up with fellow employees John O’Donnell and Nikki Carter to form a team named Between a Walk and a Hard Pace.

Just outside, Gibbons Middle School students Hannah Newmark and Ava Hoffman helped each other stretch.

“I like running … I do track and stuff,” said Newmark.

“I like that a lot of people are here,” said Hoffman.

The overall winner of the 5K, Tim Barry, covered the course in 16 minutes, 11 seconds. Second place went to Derek Pittorino, who finished about a minute behind.

“It was fun,” said Barry, a WHS alumnus now attending Suffolk University.

“It’s one of the hardest courses I’ve ever done, but it’s fun,” said Pittorino, another WHS alumnus who graduated from Bentley University last spring.

Linda Spooner was the first overall finisher on the women’s side.

The Turkey Trot is a subcommittee of the Westborough Education Foundation; proceeds from the event will benefit Westborough Public Schools’ health and wellness initiatives.

Sponsors for this year’s event included Ball Financial Services Company, Westborough Civic Club, Rebound Physical Therapy, Red Heat Tavern, the Westborough Athletic and Social Association, Harvey and Floor Coverings International.

For information, visit https://www.westboroughturkeytrot.com/.

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