Turkey Trot 2019 Raises Thousands for Cure4Cam


Logan Skinner

Anxious runners await the start of the 18th annual Chester County Turkey Trot.

Logan Skinner, Staff Reporter

For the eighteenth year in a row, runners from across Chester County and beyond participated in the annual Turkey Trot held at Downingtown West High School and the STEM Academy. Cross country and road running enthusiasts ranging from eight to sixty years old participated and totaled over three-thousand competitors, raising thousands of dollars to benefit the Cure4Cam foundation in their effort to further research into cancer treatment. Company sponsorships also contributed to the overall donations and supplies for the event. In addition, the Downingtown West Cross Country team and National Honor Society volunteers gave up their Thanksgiving morning to help this worthy cause. “I can’t believe how many people around the community came out on their Thanksgiving morning to support this cause!” said West runner Jake Farrell (‘20).

So what about the winners, you might ask? The top three finishers of each age group took home a homemade pie, with the top five male and female runners each receiving an additional cash reward ranging from $50 up to $250.

On the male side, Josh Hoey, JR Creekmore, Owen Dawson, Jaxson Hoey, and Caleb Gatchell were the first five to cross the finish line, each with a time of under fifteen minutes. As for the female runners, Elizabeth Weiler, Maria Seykora, Cassie Graves, Maddie VanBlunk, and M.E. Rauch finished atop their age divisions. Though the runners were certainly motivated with the possibility of money and/or a freshly baked pie, the event proved to be about more than just the actual race, as we can all acknowledge the importance of helping to find a cure for cancer.

We look forward to the 2020 Turkey Trot, and thank all participants for their support and athleticism!