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Saturday, November 18, 2000 -- Remington, VA
Remington 5K Turkey Trot
Story and photos by Beth Herr

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Remington Turkey Trot
You gotta stay hydrated
Most commonly associated with Thanksgiving are pumpkin pies, sweet potatoes, and most of all, turkey. Running sneakers and jazzercise do not tend to be familiar side dishes to the repast. However, to the folks in the town of Remington, VA, these ingredients were necessary elements of the third annual Turkey Trot 5K. Hosted on November 18th, by the Fauquier County Parks and Recreation, most of the involved persons are from the surrounding communities. Advertised mostly through newspapers, flyers and past participants, this year's race had an abounding number of more than 120 runners. Although this years number of runners had decreased, race coordinator Bonnie Geris, sited the reduction due to another marathon being held in Richmond the same day. Nonetheless, this year had it participants taking their shot at the first place turkey prize.

Geris is the Southern Region Recreation Programmer for Fauquier County. She put together the program three years ago, including the race. The $15 registration fee paid prior to the event helps to cover the costs of t-shirts and awards. Donations from local merchants also help to keep the costs down. This year a local wholesale greenhouse donated the poinsettias. Also contributing to the continual success of the event are the many volunteers that come out.

Remington Turkey Trot
And they're off...
While the parking lot of the M.M. Pierce Elementary School filled to overflowing, some of those waiting for the race to begin warmed up with a jazzercise routine. A local aerobics instructor, Edie Grassi, got hearts pounding and blood flowing with rhythmic tunes and her upbeat directions. After approximately 10-minutes, the runners took to the starting line. Shoulder to shoulder, Geris announced the start of the race. As the runners trotted around the back of the school supporters took off in different directions to dot the sidelines of the race.

The course wound from the back entrance to the school onto Fifth Street and then N. Duey Road. From there, runners turned onto Main Street to go through the town, where they crossed over James Madison Street and through a development on North Franklin Street. This marked the halfway point. The last leg of the 5k course looped participants back across James Madison and into another development on N Rappahannock Street, where they retraced the beginning section back to the school. Considering a majority of the course was run on the well-traveled roads of the town, leaders of the race were accompanied by a police escort. Throughout the city, the different intersections were trafficked by other officers of the Remington Police Department. This ensured the safety of the racers as they progressed through the small community.

Remington Turkey Trot
Wait for me!
Setting a new course record for the men, Daniel Nally(16:54) placed first overall, as well as in his age bracket. Close on his feathers were Alex Grant(16:59) and Kenneth Jackman(17:05). Each also placed first in their age brackets as well as second and third overall, respectively. Jackman also broke the course record for his age category.

As for the women, they did just as much record breaking as the men. Setting a new course record for the women was Bridget Niland(18:54), who placed first overall and first in her age group. In true winning form, Ruth Riemenschneider(20:01) and Shannon Nally(20:39) won second and third, but also first in each of their age groups. Shannon Nally would also set a new course record for her age bracket.

While the crisp morning warmed under the sun, Geris presented the winners of each age group with a turkey. The second and third place winners received a poinsettia and pumpkin pie, respectively. However, the male and female overall winners received all three awards. Perhaps running sneakers and turkeys compliment each other after all.