The 42nd annual Goshen Turkey Trot gets underway at the Goshen Fairgrounds on Thursday. Below, Goshen Recreation Department Director Colleen Kinkade serves as race announcer. John McKenna photos
The 42nd annual Goshen Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning saw an out-of-state runner capture first place, a female set a course record, and 451 runners cross the finish line in making room for their Thanksgiving dinners.
Benjamin Hall came from Flagstaff, Ariz., to win the 6.2-mile race in a time of 35:50. Chris Deforest of Terryville was second in 35:53 after keeping pace with Hall the entire way.
Third place went to Annmarie Tuxbury of New Hartford, who set a women’s course record of 36:20. Defending champion Brandon Leclair of Goshen was fourth in 38:13, Samantha Glass of Goshen was ninth in 40:37, and the ageless Jim Zoldy, 57, of Goshen, was 10th in 40:48.
Other top local runners were Chad Dickinson of Morris (11th in 41:11), Sherri Odell of Litchfield (14th in 41:38), and Marc Dalke of Litchfield (15th in 41:45).
Below, see race video by Peter Tavino and race results.
Defending champion Brandon Leclair of Goshen was fourth.
Jim Zoldy of Goshen showed he still has it at age 57.
Samantha Glass and Jim Zoldy exchange congratulations at the finish line.
Sherri Odell of Litchfield finished strong in 14th place.
Marc Dalke of Litchfield was 15th.
Courtney Dalke of Litchfield finished with her signature smile.
Dean Birdsall of Bantam turned heads with a powerful sprint to the finish.
Ben Schildgen of Litchfield was first in his age group. Dave Driscoll photo