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Wayne Post
  • Rochester Area Ford Dealers team up with record-setting Webster Turkey Trot

  • YellowJacket Racing, along with Fleet Feet Sports, is producing the 42nd Webster Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Morning at Webster Park at 10 a.m. This event began in 1972 as a simple cross country workout for the Webster High School team. Former coach of Webster cross country Jim May had the kids start at the sign and end at th...
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    YellowJacket Racing, along with Fleet Feet Sports, is producing the 42nd Webster Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Morning at Webster Park at 10 a.m. This event began in 1972 as a simple cross country workout for the Webster High School team. Former coach of Webster cross country Jim May had the kids start at the sign and end at the tree. In the early days, no more than 50 would congregate onto park grounds and run this course year after year. This 40-year tradition still exists; however the finishing tree is now gone but replaced by an immense Finish Line structure where thousands of runners and walkers will pass under this year.
     
    The Webster Turkey Trot is well over past records and has 5,672 participants. It is expecting to close for the first time ever at 5,872 participant cap for one of two distances offered — 4.4 miles and and 2.5 miles.
     
    The event has such tradition, that Jim May’s former runners come out year after year, and now with their families to share in the holiday festivities. The first 25 years the event averaged 75-200 runners, then in 1998, one of May’s former runners and 10-year Champion of the Turkey Trot, David Boutillier, took over the reigns as race director. Since then the race has grown to 4600 between both events, which was the record in 2011. For the last six years, registration has been tracking at a 40 percent growth year over year. This event is the second-largest running event in the Rochester region after the Corporate Challenge.
     
    The event, known for its history, still follows the same course with a unique distance, and still offers Carol May Pottery for awards. It’s simple, it’s tradition.

    The Rochester Area Ford Dealers will lead the way for nearly 6,000 runners at the 42nd annual Webster Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving, by sponsoring this year’s pace vehicle — a 2013 Ford F-150.
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    The Ford Dealers will also place half-mile markers with words of encouragement along the course to motivate runners. Following the race, the first 200 runners to stop by the Ford display near the finish line will receive a special gift.
                  
    This is the Rochester Area Ford Dealers first time sponsoring the Turkey Trot in Webster.
     
    YellowJacket Racing has expanded the free shuttle service by adding a third pickup/drop off location which are located at Webster Towne Center Plaza, Willink Middle School/Webster Thomas HS and Klem Road North & South. Busses will take participants to and from the park. There will be 26 busses available. There is also drop-bag service so individuals can have warm gear before and after the race in addition to a secured Bike Parking Zone.
     
    The roads to the park will be closed starting at 8:30 a.m. including:
    Lake Rd & Pellet Rd - no access eastbound on Lake
  • Lake Rd & Whiting - no access eastbound on Lake
  • Whiting at Shoemaker - no access northbound on Whiting
  • Holt at Shoemaker - no access northbound on Holt
  • Lake at 250 - no access westbound on Lake
 
Page 3 of 3 - The event supports a variety of organizations including but not limited to:

Food Drive for the Hope House of Webster, NY
  • Scholarships for High School Cross Country Runners
  • Webster XC Scholarship Fund
  • Food Drive is currently underway during packet pickup at both Fleet Feet Sports locations
     
    YellowJacket Racing Owner, David Boutillier, is elated about the growth. Boutillier adds, “The Webster Turkey Trot has been a growing experience year over year. Families and friends have built this as part of their Thanksgiving tradition. Being able to start the day with fitness is now a growing lifestyle for many and it has been remarkable to see this evolution. ”