DR. RICHARD NEAL (right) and his daughter Allison, dressed as Santa and his elf, race down Main Street near the end of Saturday’s Turkey Trot. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
November 18, 2012WOLFEBORO — There was a road race, a kids' race, a raffle with tons of great prizes donated by local businesses and some delicious food donated by local businesses, but it seemed that most of the excitement at Saturday's 21st annual Gift of Warmth Turkey Trot in Wolfeboro centered around an actual live turkey.
The live turkey was part of the turkey plop contest, an additional fundraiser to help raise money for the Lions Club's Fuel Assistance Program and was run by the Wolfeboro Department of Parks and Recreation.
A grid was drawn on the parking lot and the turkey was set loose after the race and people had the chance to buy up the squares on the grid. The square on which the turkey "left his mark" won half the money and the turkey, which was donated by the Lush family of Crooked Pine Farm.
Ironically, the first square sold, F4, was the winner, with Crystal Hoyt taking home the prizes despite many other people trying to lure the turkey in the direction of their square.
Of course, there was also a big race to get to and plenty of runners took to the streets of Wolfeboro for the annual event, which goes to benefit the Lions Club's Fuel Assistance Program.
With multiple-time winner Dylan Summers not in attendance this year, the door was left open and Moultonborough Academy senior Joe Smith busted it down, capturing the top spot with a time of 17:22, almost 30 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, Ben Finnigan of Dover, who finished in 17:51. Wolfeboro's Geoff Terragni finished third overall with his time of 18:02.
On the women's side, Wolfeboro's Kara Jacobs was first overall in a time of 19:59, with Elizabeth Bronson, also of Wolfeboro, finishing second in 20:07. Wolfeboro's Katja Fox was the third female finisher, crossing in 21:53.
Prizes were also given out for the top finishers in each of the many age groups.
For the females 12 and under, Wakefield's Hunter Proulx was the winner in 26:37, with Julia Morgan of Wakefield in second in 26:41. New Durham's Sarah Hotchkiss was third in 31:43 and Samantha Hotchkiss, also of New Durham, placed fourth in 34:26.
In the 13 to 17 age group, Kingswood senior Molly Gwizdala of Wolfeboro led the way, finishing in 22:38, with Brewster junior Molly Ingram of Wolfeboro in second in 23:26 and Kingswood senior Hanne Heinrich of Wolfeboro in third in 23:30. Mary Kretchmer of Wolfeboro was fourth in 24:29, followed by Bridget Kiley-Hubbard of Wolfeboro in fifth in 24:39 and Corrina Chasse of New Durham in sixth in 26:06. Emma Bellefleur of Wolfeboro placed seventh in 30:06 and Becky Peternel of Wolfeboro was eighth in 30:07.
For the 18 to 29 age group, Wolfeboro runners took the top three spots. Katie Allar was first in 22:56, with Lauren Berger in second in 23:04 and Allison Neal in third in 23:08. Alton's Samantha Kenny was ninth in 29:42, Nicole Marcellino of Wolfeboro was 10th in 30:14 and Kim Balser of Brookfield finished 11th in the same time. Ashley Crowell of Sanbornville was 12th in 30:15 and Lauren Quann of Alton placed 13th in 35:49.
Crystal Eastman of Wolfeboro was the top finisher in the 30 to 39 age group in a time of 23:10, with Amie Cloos in third in 25:00. Colleen Smith of Barnstead took fourth in 25:24 and Dorene Pelton of Alton was fifth in 26:19. Celeste Chasse of New Durham was sixth in 26:21, Julie Sprince of Wolfeboro was seventh in 28:16, Kerry Hunt of Tuftonboro was eighth in 28:57, Mariellen Howard of Sanbornville was ninth in 29:19 and Jillian Lawlor of Wolfeboro was 10th in 29:47. Erica Cray of Wolfeboro placed 12th in 34:28, Dawn Keyes of Ossipee was 13th in 34:58, Abbey Tetherly of Wolfeboro was 14th in 35:04 and Robin McClain of New Durham was 15th in 36:05.
In the 40 to 49 age group, Amy Kiley of Wolfeboro was second overall in a time of 24:39, with Katy Peternel of Wolfeboro in third in 25:29. Deborah Bunting of Wolfeboro placed fifth in 27:03, with Wendy Ingram of Wolfeboro in sixth in 27:24 and Mary Barrett of Alton in eighth in 27:57. Sheri Hotchkiss of New Durham finished 13th in 32:12, Christine Hicks of New Durham was 14th in 34:24, Donna Woodard of New Durham was 15th in 41:18, Jody Davis of Wolfeboro finished 16th in 42:45 and Alton's Lisa Boudrow was 17th in 42:51.
Wolfeboro's Vaune Dugan won the 50 to 59 age group with her time of 24:52, with Marge Strunk of Wolfeboro in second in 25:46 and Teresa Kretchmer of Wolfeboro in third in 27:59. Melody Pitman of Wolfeboro placed fifth in 29:03 and Tracey Richardson of Wolfeboro was sixth in 29:35. Wolfeboro's Patti Caine finished eighth in 30:07.
For the 60 to 69 age group, Judi Lemaire of Wolfeboro as the overall winner in 24:53, followed by Cassie Coons of Wolfeboro in 25:26 and Ann Pratt of Wolfeboro in 30:16. Betsy Charnecki of Wolfeboro placed fifth in 33:24 and Beatrice Guzman of Alton was sixth in 33:47. Judith Russell of Wolfeboro took eighth in 39:01.
Sydney Pfeifer of Wolfeboro was the lone participant in the 70 and over group and she finished in 37:15.
For the males in the 12 and under category, Cameron Stinchfield of Wakefield was the top finisher in a time of 22:18, with Robert Hotchkiss of New Durham in 26:50 and Colyn Pineo of Wolfeboro in third in 29:02. Adam Richardson of Wolfeboro was fourth in 32:51 and Warren Dahl of New Durham finished sixth in 34:57.
For the 13 to 17 age group, Prospect Mountain sophomore Cody Symonds of Alton was the overall winner in 18:29, with Kingswood freshman Hunter Miller of Wolfeboro in second in 19:14 and Kingswood freshman Seth Richardson of Wolfeboro in third in 19:30. Kingswood senior Nils Babcock of New Durham was fourth in 20:04, while Brewster freshman Gunner Found of Wolfeboro was fifth in 20:15. Kingswood's Sean Stackhouse of Wolfeboro was sixth in 20:35 and Soren Babcock of New Durham came home eighth in 22:37. New Durham's Austin Chasse placed ninth in 25:45, Wolfeboro's Sam Coache was 10th in 26:06 and Wolfeboro's Zack Holt was 11th in 26:34. Zachary Smithwood of Wolfeboro came home 12th in 26:47 and Garrison Barron of Wolfeboro was 13th in 28:01.
In the 18 to 29 age group, Mark Richardson of Wolfeboro ran to the top spot in 18:32.67, just ahead of his brother Kurt, who finished second in 18:32.98. Kevin Stanton of Wolfeboro was third in 18:44 and Terry Stackhouse of Wolfeboro ran to fourth in 20:05. Ossipee's Roger LeClair was seventh in 30:50.
In the 30 to 39 age group, Jeff Cloos of Wolfeboro was second in 21:32 and Scott Chesebrough of Ossipee came home third in 24:00 and Mike Jacobs of Wolfeboro placed fourth in 25:16.
Ion the 40 to 49 age group, Ossipee's James Harrigan was first in 18:20, while Alan Barrett of Alton was third in 19:39 and Gordon Ling of Wolfeboro was fourth in 19:56. Ossipee's Stephen Beaupre placed fifth in 20:40 and David Bechard of Wolfeboro was seventh in 24:23. Wolfeboro's Mike Parton placed eighth in 25:10, Bill Leonard of Brookfield was ninth in 27:08, Keith Barron of Wolfeboro was 10th in 28:00 and Stuart Hotchkiss of New Durham was 11th in 42:30.
For the 50 to 59 age group, Dr. Richard Neal Jr. of Wolfeboro finished third in 23:08, with Don Kretchmer of Wolfeboro in fourth in 24:02. Dan Coons of Wolfeboro placed fifth in 24:44 and John Babcock of New Durham was sixth in 29:38. Douglas Smithwood of Wolfeboro placed seventh in 31:41.
For the 60 to 69 group, Bob Lemaire of Wolfeboro was the winner in 22:40, with Wayne Lapham of Wolfeboro in second in 29:33, Tom Charnecki of Wolfeboro in third in 29:37 and John Russell of Wolfeboro in fourth in 39:03.
There was also a special division for race walkers.
The fastest walker to finisher was Dave Denby of Wolfeboro in 39:42 and Susan Copp-Silva of Rochester was the first female walker finisher in 40:12.
For the 18 to 29 age group for women, Kirsten Lampron of Wolfeboro was first in 41:15, while Christine Dahl of New Durham won the 30 to 39 age group in 50:55.
For the 40 to 49 age group, Wolfeboro's Deb Yeaton was first in 43:12, Maura Souza of Wolfeboro was second in 43:46, Gina Lessard of Mirror Lake was third in 50:30, Kathy Kenny of Alton was fourth in 51:14 and Stacie Pope of Wolfeboro was fifth in 51:30.
In the 50 to 59 age group, Robin Cornwell of Wolfeboro finished in 43:46, followed by Robin Eastman of Wolfeboro in 44:11 and Alisa Lampron of Wolfeboro in 51:14.
Wolfeboro's Deb Denby was tops in the 60-69 age group in 40:40 and Chris Franson of Wolfeboro was second in 51:30. Kathy Barnard of Wolfeboro was first in the 70 and older group in 51:30.
For the men, Denby's time was tops among the 70 and older group and Peter Smith of Wolfeboro was third in 41:45.
The Wolfeboro Lions Club served food donated by a variety of local businesses to the racers at the conclusion and also had a raffle of various prizes, also donated by a number of local businesses.
Proceeds from the raffle also went to the Fuel Assistance Program. The race was also part of the Run for Food Race Series, collecting food for local food pantries.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126