The ‘Trot’ thickens—huge field, close race in Calvert

2017 Project ECHO Turkey Trot in Prince Frederick MD
Prince Frederick, MD - Hundreds jammed Prince Frederick Boulevard Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23 for the sixth running of Project ECHO’s 5 kilometer (K) race known as the Turkey Trot. Talk about exercising cold turkey—the temperature was a shade under 30 degrees shortly after sunrise when the dash began.

While many of the participants—some wearing Thanksgiving costumes, some pushing strollers or walking dogs--meandered their way through the course, the serious runners finished the race quickly. The number of participants may have been the race’s highest ever. Undoubtedly, the race finish was the closest ever. It couldn’t get any closer. William Allen II, 26, was unofficially declared the first place finisher. His “chip time” was 16 minutes and 43.8 seconds. Second-place finisher Christopher Burrill, 20, logged a chip time of 16 minutes and 43.9 seconds. Third-place finisher Jordan Blankenship, 20, was also impressive with a finishing time of 17 minutes and 50 seconds. The top female runner was Melanie Wagner, 30, who logged a chip time of 19 minutes and 44 seconds.

The race helps raise money for the organization that operates ECHO House, a multi-story homeless shelter in Prince Frederick. The race is made possible by the work of volunteers and corporate sponsors, as well as the participants, who resist the chance to sleep in on a national holiday and instead burn some calories before the big feast. The volunteers included the cheering squad from Huntingtown High School.

Project ECHO officials said complete race results will be posted on their web site as soon as they are available from the timing company. 

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