The Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot… It has become a time honored tradition where thousands of brave runners rise early and (regardless of the weather) they get their race on! NJ certainly has its share of great Turkey Trots where runners run their hearts out a few hours before they will be replenishing with excess amounts of turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.
This Thanksgiving, the RunJersey.com team was on hand in Princeton for the Trinity Turkey Trot. This race originated 7 years ago with a modest field of 200 runners. The idea was the brainchild of Reverend Paul Jeanes, who was involved in a similar event in Kentucky. It has now evolved to a field of more than 1,650 runners and walkers.
Not only does the Reverend serve as the MC for the post-race activities inside the church, he also runs in the race each year. It was nothing short of inspiring to see him running strong in his religious attire, but it was even more inspiring when we spoke to him afterwards. He thanked his sponsors and was so appreciative of all the runners and volunteers. “We raised over $40,000 today for some great charities.” That list includes Urban Promise of Trenton, Housing Initiatives Of Princeton, Crisis Ministry of Mercer County & The Trenton Children’s Chorus. Rev. Jeanes continued; “I am so glad people came out despite the snow and cold temperatures. Although, I think it provided a fun atmosphere for some folks.”
The female winner Meghan Bruce, who also took first in the Princeton Half a few weeks ago, shared similar remarks. Bruce noted; “It was a great race and I really loved running it in the snow.” This was Bruce’s third time running it but her first time taking the tape for the women.
The rest of the running field was also in good spirits despite the sub-freezing temps. Many of them proudly donned their best Thanksgiving running gear. Tons of turkey hats, pilgrim wear and even Indian feathers were present for this amazing tradition.
Congrats to the Trinity Church and the Princeton community for making the event a huge success. As for the runners… Congrats to you as well.
Now that you have finished, it’s time to:
Eat Like Crazy