Chris Petroff of Cheshire wins the Goshen Turkey Trot on Thursday. John McKenna photos
The 40th annual Goshen Turkey Trot drew 503 runners and walkers to the Goshen Fairgrounds on a cold but bright and beautiful Thanksgiving morning.
Four decades after Clifford Cooper of Litchfield and a group of running friends conceived and carried out the idea of a Thanksgiving Day race in Goshen, the 6.2-mile race is as popular as ever. Thursday's turnout was among the largest in the history of the race.
Johanna Kimball of Goshen and her son, Roger, directed the race and were assisted by a large group of volunteers who handled pre-race registration, set up the finish line, distributed water on the course, and did whatever it took to make the race successful.
It was a bittersweet occasion, however, as it was the first Turkey Trot without Johanna Kimball's husband, Tony, who died Nov. 3. Tony Kimball worked tirelessly behind the scenes in support of the race. Wording on this year's official longsleeve race shirt paid tribute to Tony.
Chris Petroff of Cheshire was a first-time winner of the race as he outdueled Brandon Leclair of Goshen to win in 35:22. Leclair finished second in 35:43. Sami Glass of Goshen successfully defended her title as first female with an overall finish of sixth place and a time of 39:49. Jim Zoldy of Goshen was eighth in 40:23 to give Goshen three top-10 finishers.
Marc Dalke was the first Litchfield finisher, placing 12th in 40:56. Hillary Wiles-Lafayette of Litchfield was the runner up female with a 20th-place time of 41:50.