Turkey trot 5K

Annual Turkey Trot brings in runners of all ages for a race around campus

By Eunice Tibay
On November 30, 2017

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Marsalis Mahome, graduate student, is all smiles down the home stretch of the Turkey Trot. This 5k race took runners in and around the campus.

Students and visitors ran at the Annual 5K Turkey Trot Nov. 18 hosted by the UREC, UCPC, and SGA at the Plaza Verde Pavilion.

"I knew it was going to be a successful event, just getting the community and the students out here," sophomore Alex Haag, UCPC Daytime Committee Chairperson, said.

Participants of the event were categorized into five divisions for judging: ASU Men’s Division, ASU Women’s Division, Men’s Division, Women’s Division and the 18 & Under Division.

Zac Cabrera, junior, emerged victorious in the ASU Men’s Division, placing first with a time of 14:51.

"I’m on the Cross Country team so it wasn’t much," Cabrera said. "I’m on recovery from my hip surgery so it’s just a fun run."

Luis Vielma and Jehu Reberson placed second and third respectively in this division with the times of 16:34 and 16:39.

Katherine Dunlap, junior, won in the ASU Women’s Division, finishing her race at 21:47.

"I really wasn’t expecting it," Dunlap said. "I was just glad to come out and run."

Shelby Seymore followed Dunlap at 22:02 and Mykayla Costello placed third with a time of 23:31.

Caleb Yee won first place in the Men’s while AnnMarie Williams and Lesli Salas also finished first in the Women’s and 18 & Under Divisions respectively.

The course of the run started at the pavilion to which runners then pass by Texan Hall, Dena Drive, and all the way to the CHP before making their way back to the pavilion.

T-shirts were given to the runners and there was a booth where participants could get free food and drinks while they waited for the announcement of the results.

The number of participants for this year’s Turkey Trot has grown UCPC Vice President Precious Emeagi said.

"I think the event was pretty good," Emeagi, senior, said. "We had a good turn out."

Despite the strong winds that day, Physical Therapy graduate student Emily Saville said she enjoyed the event.

"It was cool and a nice day for a race," Saville said.

For Kaylor Reiter, freshman, participating in the event was a new opportunity.

"I’ve never really done a 5K before and I thought maybe this would give me a good chance to see what it’s really like," Reiter said.

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