The CHRISTUS St. Michael Atlanta Foundation held its 20th Annual Turkey Trot 5k Saturday, November 18. The race started at the new CHRISTUS St. Michael Atlanta Outpatient Rehabilitation Center located at 901 S. William St. Over 80 eager turkey trotters completed the 3.1 mile course, making this historically the best turnout for the event. Turner Pool was the first to cross the finish line, with a time of 17:39. Finishing 2nd for the men was Will Allen, 19:57 and 3rd was Ashten Waddill, 21:26. Erin Jackson finished in 1st place for the ladies with a time of 26:13. 2nd place went to Kayla Mills, 27:27 and 3rd to Sonji Harris, 28:10. Penny Lynn was the top walker with a time of 42:03.
Turkey Trot 5k Winners
1st, 2nd, 3rd place for each age category are as follows: Male – 12 & Under, 1st Caleb Kimble. Age 13-18, 1st Ashten Waddill, 2nd Steven Stone. Age 19-29, 1st Turner Pool, 2nd Will Allen, 3rd Alex Avard. Age 30-39, 1st Tobias Daniel, 2nd Ryan McCasland, 3rd Micah Johnson. Age 40-49, 1st Jason Gaston. Age 50-59, 1st Greg Beers, 2nd John Jackson, 3rd Rocky Covarrubias. Age 60-69, 1st Max Fruge, 2nd Jim Christian, 3rd Kelvin Richardson. Age 70 & Over, 1st Jerry Pool, 2nd Jerry Harp. Female – 12 & Under, 1st Kinsey Thomas. Age 19-29, 1st Erin Jackson, 2nd Kayla Mills, 3rd Emily Mouser. Age 30-39, 1st Aimee Daniel, 2nd Jaylyn Setser, 3rd Kristen Wicks. Age 40-49, 1st Sonji Harris, 2nd Julie McKinney, 3rd Kelli Thompson. Age 50-59, 1st Jen Christian, 2nd Gayla Irvan, 3rd Nita Little. Age 60-69, 1st Cynthia Covarrubias,2nd Phyllis Griffin. Age 70 & Over, 1st Ruth Thomas, 2nd Becky Collom, 3rd Jean Schales.
1st Annual Community Thanksgiving Feast
At the completion of the 5k, participants and fans moved next door to CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital-Atlanta to enjoy the 1st Annual Community Thanksgiving Feast. 13 turkeys and 16 pumpkin pies were donated by local businesses and individuals for the cook-off. Kevin Farmer with Tong Brothers Auto won Best Turkey and Renee Bynum won Best Pumpkin Pie. Holli Bennefield ushered the crowd into the holiday spirit with her enchanting vocal talents. Amid the hustle and bustle of songs, games and awards, the crowd enjoyed a marvelous Thanksgiving Feast, complete with turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans and pie.
“I’m so pleased with the events’ results. It was a great way to commemorate our 20th 5k and our 1st Community Thanksgiving,” said Melissa Kimble, Development Coordinator for the CHRISTUS St. Michael Atlanta Foundation. “We absolutely could not have had such success without our sponsors and community partners. “ The Foundation would like to thank Partner Sponsor Jerry Richardson “No Bull” Insurance RVOS, Line Sponsor HHS, Feast Sponsor Aramark, Prize Sponsor Genesis PrimeCare Ellington Memorial Clinic, Turkey Cook-off Sponsor Guaranty Bank & Trust, Pie Cook-off Sponsor Family Eye Care and all the local businesses and individuals who sponsored the 5k. Also, many, many thanks to KPYN and the Atlanta Area Chamber of Commerce for their marketing efforts for the event. Last, but certainly not least, sincere appreciation to Atlanta Fire Department Chief Robin Betts, Atlanta Police Department Chief Jay Wommack and the many patrol officers who ensured a very safe route for our turkey trotters.