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Turkey Trot gets runners back on track at Eisenhower Park

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Athletes dressed in turkey-themed tutus, hats and socks raced under fall foliage at Eisenhower Park last Sunday during Race Awesome’s Turkey Trot.

Race Awesome was set to hold Long Island’s biggest racing event of the year, the Long Island Marathon, for the second time in May before it was pushed back and eventually cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the racing organization was able to host runners again on Nov. 8 with social distancing, mask wearing and other safety guidelines in place. Race Director Corey Roberts kept runners six feet a part at the starting line and separated them into sets that had a staggered race start.

Christian Zabala, Brandon Eagle and Brandon Meiner earned first, second and third place, respectively, for both the overall race and the Top Three Male division. Courtney Koleda, Kate Mcnerney and Christy Freire earned first, second and third place, respectively, for the Top Three Female division. There were 26 divisions separated by gender and age, beginning with males and females ages 9-13 and ending with males and females ages 70-74.

In addition to the 10K Turkey Trot, there was an Adult 5K Run, Jogging Stroller 5K and 10K and High School and Youth 5K and 10K. Runners were also encouraged to bring food donations as Race Awesome dedicates each event to a different charity.