Race director, Amy Fritz, welcomed over 2600 runners, walkers, babies and dogs to the 11th annual Traverse City Turkey Trot 5K and 5Mile races starting and finishing at St. Francis School on 11th Street. It was a grand day for a stroll along Boardman Lake and the neighborhoods of Traverse City (TC).
The website, Turkey Trot 2018 , says the following; The 11th Annual Up North Media Traverse City Turkey Trot has been a family favorite for the past eleven years. We start Thanksgiving day off right with two different race distances; a 5K and a 5 mile, to promote healthy lifestyles as well as give back to local charities. All runners receive a commemorative long-sleeved Turkey Trot t-shirt as well as a cooler lunch bag loaded with bottled water, coupons and SWAG worth well more than the price of entry! Invite the whole family to participate in this one-of-a-kind event starting at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, MI. The Up North Media Traverse City Turkey Trot has contributed more than $100,000 to many great local area causes over the past 11 years. This year’s race will benefit TART Trails Boardman Lake Loop Project and local youth teams/organizations in support of your community! Children under the age of 3 in a stroller are free. Dogs are also free! Medals were given to the overall male and female runners in each race, the top three age group finishers and the best costumes. Snacks were provided to the finishers.
The Up North Media Traverse City Turkey Trot was presented by 4Front Credit Union, the race was also sponsored by Pure Water Works, image 360, Blarney Oil, GoGo SqueeZ, Schmuckel Oil and IPR Radio. Proceeds went to improve the Tart Trail. Troy Daily, of TC, passed out samples of Strongbrew Cofee.
As article author, I am honored to be able to pick my own winner. She was not the fastest but without a doubt she was the most inspiring. And the “winner” is Pam Roach, 69, from Pentwater. Pam survived not one but two bouts with often fatal melanoma cancer. Pam is an inspiration to us all. I’ll let Pam tell you in her own words. What health benefits do you receive from walking? I walk 6 days a week and mentally I feel better and physically I just ‘have’ to walk (I’m blessed). When did you first acquire cancer? 1970. When was your second time to acquire cancer? 1999. What prognosis did the Doctor give you? 1970- Surgery and “go live your live”. 1999-stage lll metastatic melanoma-15% chance of surviving a year. Treatment methods? 1999 one year of interferon – brutal, but did it-plus 6 year clinical trial through Karmanos in Detroit (but treatment was in Grand Rapids). Message you would give to others? oh my gosh, my husband’s parents are all cancer SURVIVORS- please don’t ever give up. Attitude-faith- of course medicine – are necessary. Have you been in other 5Ks or other races? Never- this was my first. You were telling me about painted rocks you place as a volunteer. Please explain? I started the Pentwater Rocks group on Facebook. It is part of an international group. Today at 9 am on the Today Show it’s explained. Rocks are painted and hidden for others to find. Others take a pic, post it and re-hide it. It’s all about joy and kindness. Making another person happy and it’s for all ages. Check out the page on Facebook. Other volunteer efforts? _my husband and I for many, many years volunteered at the American Cancer Society in Grand Rapids. We ran the Relay For Life many years. We also ran a volunteer program at Cancer and Hematology- Grand Rapids largest cancer treatment center. Volunteers would visit with patients as they received chemo. I provide prayer shawls to patients- a nice warm blanket full of love, hope and prayers. I made over 2,000 and we handed out at least 3600. Last question, as a visitor to the TC area, you also represent the boost to our economy from area races. How many nights did you stay in or near TC and what other paying experiences did you incur, such as meals, gas, shopping, etc ? We stayed 2 nights at the wonderful Cambria- where we stay each time. Shopping, TJmaxx, Target, Kohl’s, BIGGBY, McDonald’s, North Peak, this morning the Green Cafe. Pam Roach, you are a winner in this race we call life. Congratulations. Pam, you are representative of the reason these races are so important to many folks.
Let’s meet more “winners”. Reverend Tim Manzer, 59, of TC, is lucky to be alive and participating in another Turkey Trot. Tim survived a near fatal head-on motorcycle accident several years ago. After weeks in the hospital, Tim was released and started a program of good health. Tim, a well-known area runner, recently required hand surgery to correct a compound fracture suffered in the motorcycle accident. The result of the hand surgery is less pain as Tim continues his remarkable recovery. Tim recently returned to TC after spending several weeks on a mission in Guatemala. This is Tim’s first race since July. Tony Anderson, 56, from Buckley, and managing director of Cherryland Electric, runs marathons in various states to raise funds for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. To date, Tony has completed 43 marathons in 43 states. #44 will be in Jackson, MS. You can learn about Tony and participate in his good works at www.marathon4kids.com . Oh, by the way, Tony is running his races on a new hip. Tony says “the hip feels fine”. Remarkable!!
Jan Altizer, 57, of TC is my big loser of the 2018 Turkey Trot, Jan lost 60#, her blood pressure dropped from 185/120 to 126/60 and her pulse dropped from 185 to 60! Jan, is a long term care nurse, who smoked 40 years ago. She recommends exercise to her patients. Jan also whipped my butt, passing me in the Kalkaska 10K. Way to go, Jan. Lettie Sternicki, turned 50, today. She wore a happy 50th birthday sash and pin. Lettie is from Commerce Township, and runs for stress release. She has the right to plenty of stress from her job. Lettie is a second grade teacher. Fred Swaffer, 56, of TC, runs to stay in shape for his main sport, biking. Kayla Kroning, 22, is a grad student in the PHD program at UM and plans a future of working in academia. GO BLUE! Kayla’s dad lives in TC. Alan Heidt, 62, bleeds Maize and Blue. He is a respiratory Therapist at Munson Hospital, and recommends exercise to his clients. Alan’s daughter is Lydia Bedford, 31, from Grand Rapids. Lydia is an insurance adjuster, and is a “crazy” UM fan. Lydia’s two year old daughter chants “Hail to the Victors” and yells “GO BLUE”. Two years old???? Ed Roy, 59, from TC, is a prominent attorney and Eagle Scout (like my sons). Ed runs periodically to stay in shape for hunting. Dick Napperella, 73, of TC, normally beats me like a drum. Today, Dick is recovering from a torn meniscus which slowed him down, allowing me a unique experience of “whipping his butt”. In the past, Dick suffered from high cholesterol. His 225 cholesterol has dropped to 143! Dick was accompanied by his son and grandson. who slowed down to have the privilege to run with their dad and granddad. Troy, 44, and Kyle, 15, represented three generations of Napperellas. Anne Steye, 72, Dan, 68, Stas, 37, and Finley, 9, all of TC enjoy the “runner’s high” they receive from running. Jennifer Simons, 37, of TC, is another special “winner”. Jennifer lost 60# and wanted to be a good example to her daughters, Fiona, originally from Kenya, 18, Lucy, 6, and Violet, 4. The Turkey Trot is Jennifer’s first 5K. Lori Fasi, 56, of TC, runs for motivation as does Peggy Ferrill, 64. Rick Ward, 65, my neighbor in Woodcreek subdivision, loves running because he runs as a family activity along with his wife, Sue, 61, Son-in-law, Tom Owen, 46, and daughter, Shannon, 39. Volunteers were critical to the success of the race such as Mark Vanderklipp, who was course marshal. Mark is also on the Traverse City Track Club racing team and a UM fan. GO BLUE!!! Chris Wendel is in charge of processing awards and medals. Chris has been volunteering for the Turkey for 5 years. Prior to his participation in the race, there were no awards. Chris is an accomplished runner. A track Club member, Chris has trained over 600 miles this year. Chris has completed over 200 races mostly 5Ks and completed one marathon.
Race director, Amy Fritz, encourages you to enter next year’s Turkey Trot and the Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer. She also wants to thank all of the volunteers that make this event possible! You will feel good for the experience. Remember to ask your doctor before starting an exercise program.
Your author, Mickey Fivenson, age 76, of Traverse City, lost over 100 pounds and trained 150,000 miles in 48 years of running. He completed over 60 marathons (3:01 PR) and holds a marathon world record with his sons, Zack and Adam. Mickey is the former director of the National Cherry Festival Runs. Mickey’s doctors credit running toward surviving several strokes. He is an Advanced Scuba Diver and credits his running fitness and his scuba skills with surviving a fall through the ice in over 600’ of water in middle of West Bay,,,,,, and saving his dog! A U of M grad like his kids, (GO BLUE), he plays blues harmonica globally and with area bands. If you’d like Mickey to cover your race, if you need training tips, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Today, Mickey took fourth place his age group, 70-120.