Friday, November 26, 2021

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On the run again: CF Turkey Trot returns in Village of Wyoming

It was good to be back.

Runners crowded at the start line Thursday for the annual CF Turkey Trot. After a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” they charged down Maple Street over a course which would take them three miles through the village.

“We’re so glad to be here in person this year,” said organizer Carrie Bartholomew. “It’s nice to see everyone and see their faces, and everyone who has been here for nine years now. It’s been great to see all the familiar faces.”

The annual 5k race is sponsored by CF Team Natalie, which is named for Natalie Bartholomew — Carrie and Wayne Bartholomew’s 9-year-old daughter, who lives with the disease herself. All of the race’s proceeds go to help cystic fibrosis charities.

Last year’s CF Turkey Trot was a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this year the race was in-person again. As typical, the event attracted about 400 people.

“It’s on-par, so we did pretty well,” Carrie Bartholomew said. “Some of those chose to stay virtual, whether they were from out of town or they just were more comfortable running on their own away from the crowd. But altogether it’s a pretty decent crowd and we’re happy with the results.”

Besides runners, the race also includes numerous walkers.

Race Results:      
                              By MATT SURTEL - msurtel@batavianews.com
Jonah Epps, 19, of Batavia was this year’s first place finisher, with a time of about 17 minutes, in what was initially a closer race.

“The first mile I was like, “Uh, I don’t want to go too fast,’ and sat on the kid, but he started breathing and I was like, ‘I’ll go now,” Epps said afterward.

What was it like being the top finisher? “It felt good,” Epps said. “I wish I would have broke 17 (minutes), but there’s always next year though.”

He planned to be having dinner with his family later in the day.

First place female finisher was Icel Sukovaty, who ran with Andrew Korts. Both are University of Rochester students.

A lot of the area’s other turkey trots were booked, they said, and they also enjoyed Wyoming’s small-town appeal. This was their first time running in the event.

“We really wanted to run one,” Sukovaty said. “We were really excited about it, to be able to see all the people and stuff.”

Other runners and walkers gradually filtered in — and then it was off to Thanksgiving dinners, wherever the location.

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