To the editor:
This year, three records were broken at the Wild Turkey 5-Mile Run on Thanksgiving morning — we had a record number of registered runners, the winner shattered the course record, and it was the coldest race in our 10-year history!
More than 1,900 runners, volunteers and spectators braved the cold winds and took over the streets of Salem to start their holiday participating in the event.
On behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, thank you to each and every one of our registered runners. Your generosity and support of this annual event benefits our youth programs, and for that we are truly thankful.
This year’s Wild Turkey Run was our biggest race yet and remains the largest race on the North Shore. We added an additional 100 registrations this year over last and 1,600 additional runners since our inception in 2004, thanks to hundreds of participants who make this race part of their holiday tradition.
Some interesting statistics from this year’s race:
For the seventh year in a row, women runners outnumbered men, 59 percent to 41 percent.
Runner ages ranged from 9 years old to 77 years old!
We had 21 runners who have run all 10 Wild Turkey Runs!
A record-setting winning time of 24:55 was turned in by Russell Brown, who recently moved from Eugene, Ore., to New York City and was in Salem visiting his grandmother and decided to run the Wild Turkey Run.
The female winner was Christine O’Donnell Hagan, originally from Salem, now living in Burlington, Vt. She won for the fourth time in 10 years in a time of 31:27.
Competitors joined us from across the country, representing the states of Alabama, West Virginia, California, Virginia, Connecticut, Colorado, Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington.
This great event could not be possible without the support of our community sponsors. Major sponsors include: New England Running Company, Brooks Sports Co., Ernst & Young, Butterworth & O’Toole Inc., Footprint Power Salem Station, B&S Fitness, Dunkin’ Donuts and Perry & Perry Attorneys at Law.