Hundreds brave cold for 23rd Turkey Trot


ARLINGTON — Two hundred and two runners started the 23rd annual Running of the Turkeys 5K event in Arlington on a record-cold Thursday morning with single-digit temperatures.

"I called it the year we froze our feathers off," said race director Ruth Jones.

The race began at Fisher Elementary School and Evan Cedrone of Manchester, Conn., crossed the line first in 19 minutes, 13 seconds — just eight seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, John Ostler of Andover, N.H.

Blair Williams, from Carlisle, Pa., was third in 19:52, with Shaftsbury's John Umphlett fourth overall in 20:35.3. Umphlett was the top local finisher in the event.

Bennington's Carson Thurber was fifth in 21:15.6.

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The top three females were Arlington's Hannah Smith (8th overall) in 23:01.5, Shaftsbury's Sarah Umphlett 10th overall in 23:13.8 and Arlington's Maggie Belnap 12th overall in 23:29.

The event was hosted by the Batten Kill Valley Runners.

"The numbers were down a little bit from the cold, but even so, this is the biggest race for the Battenkill Runners," Jones said. "Even in the cold, people came out."

Jones said one of the people who came to the event flew in to visit family from Australia.

"People come in to visit family, that's how you get the ones from far away," Jones said.

Full results for the event are at


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