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Redmond Turkey Trot kicks off people’s Thanksgiving holiday, with big turnout

5K and 10K race to support Bright Eyes and Bright Future nonprofit

REDMOND, Ore., (KTVZ) -- The Redmond Turkey Trot had a big turnout Thanksgiving morning, with more than 1,000 pumped-up runners and walkers at Sam Johnson Park. This was the fifth annual event, and the biggest one yet.

People who registered and paid for to enter the 5K and 10K races received a Hoodoo ski lift ticket, a T-shirt and post-race pie. The Brace Place 1K Kids Race was free for kids 10 years old and younger.

Misha Knea and her daughter said they had a blast.

“So I’m hoping to start a family tradition," Knea said. "This little girl likes to run with me, and so today was her first race.”

John Roberts and Joe Sullivan said it was an awesome experience.

“Really enjoyed the race, Dry Canyon and Sam Johnson Park was a great venue to have it, and lots of people, lots of fun,” Roberts said.

But the race was more than just a reason for people to get out and about.

“We wanted to support the charity and Hoodoo, and yeah. what better way to burn some calories before the big meal of the day?” Roberts said.

The Turkey Trot supports Bright Eyes Bright Future, a nonprofit organization that provides eye care for kids who don’t have access to it otherwise.

Race Director Krissy Hardy said she loves that the event provides a way for friends and family to have fun while supporting a meaningful cause.

“But we did not expect the turnout that we had," she said. "We’re so excited that people wanted to come together and enjoy running and enjoy the holidays, so we’ve had over 1,300 people today. And we just love that everyone’s here," Hardy said.

John Peckham, a Sisters High School graduate who is currently a freshman at the University of Idaho, finished in first place. Fynn Anspaugh, a senior at Ridgeview High, came in second.

Once Knea, Sullivan and Roberts crossed the finish line, they said they were looking forward to embracing the next best part of the holiday.

“Some food, some football -- go Bears!” Sullivan said.

“I'm going to spend time with family and yeah, just enjoy the day and be thankful for what we have,” Knea said.

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  1. All those maskless faces-crowded together- this is what a mega spreader looks like… and before “anyone” argues in favor of Kalamity Kate’s outdoor mask policy… let’s look at the data… On November 24th- the 7 day average for deaths hit 35… that is 2 off of the record high of 37 set on November 10th… numbers that could be associated with the Halloween events ! Your link… under “Deaths per Day” chart- highlight the 7 day average…

      1. Then why did Kalamity Kate mandate outdoor mask use- group gatherings of various sizes- shut down concerts- sporting events (even Fauci decried NCAA football games)- State and County fairs… Gee- how soon we forget that all these events were cancelled when the data showed early that outdoors was the safest place to be- that was in the summer of 2020… now with a more virulent variety it’s all good to go maskless outside and deny this… On November 24th- the 7 day average for deaths hit 35… that is 2 off of the record high of 37 set on November 10th… Still “wingin it” I see !

  2. What a great event for a good cause! I am glad it was so well attended and ENJOYED after so much DOOM and GLOOM about COVID killing everyone. YIPPEE! Breathe FRESH AIR and ENJOY your life while you can. One NEVER knows when they might die of ANY cause.

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