The Moorestown Turkey Trot is an annual event on Thanksgiving morning put on by the Moorestown High School Cross Country Teams. Money raised has helped us build the trail we run on, and supplied uniforms to the teams. We have also donated some of the proceeds to Orkeeswa School in Tanzania to fund their running program.
One Mile Fun Run: 9:15
MooreKids will be at the Turkey Trot to collect donations of healthy breakfast/snack food items such as: granola and protein bars, individually packaged apple sauce pouches and healthy fruit cups, shelf stable milk and healthy juice boxes.. Consistently, about 10% of Moorestown's student population, or around 400 children, receive free/reduced lunch. Many of these children come to school without having breakfast. Moorekids regularly supplies all MTPS schools with healthy breakfast foods so these children can concentrate on their studies.
The Turkey Trot attracted over 1200 runners in 2013. It is a great community event that helps everyone get ready for some serious eating later in the day! We have all sorts of people show up:
Many young runners - even some baby strollers (but be careful - it is run on a Cross Country Course!)
Moorestown High School graduates coming back from college looking for fun ways to reunite with friends
Large, extended familes
High quality runners - For example, in 2008 we had at least 5 former NJ State High School Champions. Rudy Belko of Villanova won the race in a course record 17:00 (beating Dave Ringwood's 17:13). Also below the former record were Marc Pellerin (Cherokee, Villanova Graduate), Jon Anderson (Cinnaminson graduate, currently at Army) and Steve Grabowski (Cinnaminson graduate, currently at LaSalle). Former Moorestown standouts like Meghan Hughes, Kori Sheldon, Kate Laramie, Allison Bickel, Kerry Gamble, Kevin Healey, Ben Leonberg, Eric & Brian Holaday and many more were all there (although most were not trying as hard as the guys up front or the Cinnaminson-Holy Cross Alumni match-up)..
The Course Records:
High School - 16:45 Anthony Horten, Oct. 5, 2010
Men's - 15:44 - Mike Sheehan, Nov. 24, 2011
Master 40+ - 19:39 John Denning
Master 50+ - 19:45 Bob Bickel
Over 200 runners came out to the 3rd Annual Moorestown Turkey Trot on Friday, Nov. 24. The annual run was moved from Thanksgiving morning due to the weather, and it turned out to be a spectacular, bright sunny day.
As usual, many former Moorestown High School runners came back to see friends and former coaches. Many of them run competitively still in college – but this is a day usually saved for having fun. The roots of this race was a way for former runners to come together on Thanksgiving morning. Three years ago, the Moorestown High School XC Teams started to organize the race and the race expanded to open up to the whole town. Over 100 runners did the 1 Mile Fun Run, while over 150 runners did the full 5 Kilometer High School course.
John Denning, the Moorestown High School Girls Cross Country Coach said, “The highlight of this run every year for me is seeing all the girls who have graduated come back and run. It is so good to see them continuing to stay in shape and having fun running. I love hearing the alumni do the Moorestown Cheer before the race.”
Kim Achilly was the Chairperson of this year’s race. “This was the best year ever for the race. We want to thank our sponsors who donated food and supplies for the runners, including Acme, Costco, BJ’s, Starbucks, and Manhattan Bagels as well as Contemporary Graphics who donated the brochures. One of the things that makes this race special is the social atmosphere we try to have providing free breakfast and drinks for everyone and our sponsors make this possible.”
The Moorestown High School XC Teams have expanded their efforts this year by beginning to build a Nature Trial and Cross Country course at the Moorestown High School. The Moorestown Cross Country teams are the backbone of this organization, and they raised over $7,000 for this effort as well as support for their team expenses. In addition, Harvey Howard of Family Fun Day and their Platinum Sponsors RBC Dain Rauscher and Long & Foster Real Estate presented a matching gift of $5,000 for helping to build the Nature Trail. The Moorestown Alumni Association also gave a $3,000 double-matching gift.
As anyone who ran the race will attest, there is a big need for a real wood chip trail instead of the soggy mud that the runners had to make their way thru this year. Hopefully the Trail will be in place by next year’s Turkey Trot.