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More than 1,000 race at 2006 Baptist Turkey Trot

The fourth annual Baptist Health System Foundation Turkey Trot, Race to Beat Heart Disease, got underway on a foggy, cold Saturday morning, Nov. 18.

The weather didn’t deter anyone from coming; people showed up to support the cause.

“We are very pleased,” Betsy Johnson, race director, said. “We had, with volunteers and registration, over a thousand people here. We are very excited and we got great feedback. We had a new race course this year and everyone loved it and had some really good times today because of it.”

The 5K and One Mile Fun Walk began at 8:30 a.m. in front of Baptist Hospital West and Baptist Hospital for Women at Turkey Creek. The runners and walkers raced down Parkside Drive.

Once finished the participants came back to the event area located in front of the hospitals where tents were already set up for local vendors to display their products, and refreshments were available.

Knox County resident Kathy Wolski took top honors in the overall women’s open with a time of 18:17.00. Amy Doolittle-Cride placed second (18:41.00) and Jasmin Keller from Knox County took third (18:53.00).

The overall male winner came all the way from Atlanta, Ga,. to participate. Michael Green won (14:35.00), followed closely by Farragut resident Stewart Ellington, who took second (15:26.00). Third-place went to Knox County resident Timothy Kelly, who finished in 16:22.00

Faye Eisenacher of Farragut, at 80-years-old, was the oldest racer. She finished in 38:01.00.

In the competitive team bracket, EBS Team Racing took first with an average time of 17:42.40. Runner’s Market took second with a time of 17:56.00 and Team Health Shoppe finished out the top three (21:25.40 average time).

The recreational teams were led by the Farragut Cross Country with an average time of 23:31.40. Webb finished second with an average time of 24:01.08, followed by World Travel, 25:29.80.

Besides the overall brackets, each age group was broken down by 10 years and the top three winners of each age group also received awards.

After the 5K race and one mile walk were finished, the youngsters, ages 6 and under, got their chance to show everyone what they are made of in the Little Gobbler Run. Each child was lined up for a short run.

At the end, each child was awarded a ribbon. Blow-up slides, fun houses and bouncing areas were also set up for the children to play in before and after the race.

The Baptist Turkey Trot was established four years ago by Brenda Wood. Each year the committee raises money and awareness about heart disease.


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