A run before the feast

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With every Thanksgiving the Rotary Club of Warwick Turkey Trot has gotten bigger and this year was no exception. Nearly 400 people started showing up as early as 7 a.m. to run and walk the 5K loop in City Park beginning an hour later. This is not a sanctioned run, but that didn’t deter a few avid runners from sprinting into the lead and taking home bragging rights. The trot is the brain child of club member Tom Sanford, who coordinates the event from the smallest detail – he cut out and painted the plywood turkeys that decorated the registration pavilion – to lining up sponsors, ordering t-shirts and ensuring there’s plenty of water. A key sponsor this year was Dave’s Marketplace. Canned foods dropped off by participants went to the Westbay Community Action Marketplace, with the money raised going to KEEP (Kent Employee Emergency Program) at Kent Hospital and the Rotary Charitable Foundation. Father David Ricard of St. Gregory the Great Church gave a blessing before the start of the run/walk.

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