750 runners turn out for Manhattan’s first Turkey Trot

By Dylan Lysen

Some Manhattan runners began burning off the Thanksgiving food before the meal Thursday morning.

The Manhattan Running Company held its inaugural MHK Turkey Trot, a Thanksgiving 5K run from Aggieville to Downtown and back.

Although the temperature hovered just below 40 degrees, a massive group of 750 people registered for the run, said Ben Sigle, co-owner of MRC and organizer of the event.

“Thanksgiving is the No.-1 day for running races in the United States,” Sigle said. “We’ve never done a Thanksgiving Day run, and we thought it would be a lot of fun. We’ve always had a lot of people ask us about doing it and we finally pulled the trigger.”

The race included several serious runners, some casual runners, walkers and dogs. Sigle said it’s common for people to want to run before their holiday meal.

“It makes it easier to eat and drink later,” he said.

Vivian Grothe, Wamego, decided to participate with her adult daughter Sophia, she said.

“It’s a family thing,” she said. “We decided to run so we can eat some pumpkin pie.”

The Grothes said they would be able to make it through the cold weather and hope to participate in the run in the future. “As long as I’m able,” Vivian said. Matt Shepherd, Wichita, came up to run in the event with his daughter Kate, 10, and his nephew Ryan, 11. He joked his purpose for the run is “being overweight.” Kate is the serious runner in the family, he said. She participates for a running team at her school in Wichita. Matt said Kate might run off from her running partners because she wanted to try to beat her personal record of 27 minutes. “She’s run a lot more than Ryan and I have,” Matt said. “We’re here to have fun, she’s here to run hard.”









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