Pelham - Windham News
December 4, 2009 - 3
Friends and Families Crowd Starting Line for 15th Annual Turkey Trot
Louise Peltz, who lives at 70 Blossom Road,
organizes the event. She receives help from friends
and family in setting up for the yearly occasion.
Kids who seek community service opportunities
also help her execute it. The fun run and walk has
become a family tradition for many people over the
years, and it showed this year especially.
“I was blown away by the turnout,” Peltz said.
“I am very grateful for the peoples’ generosity and
for my friends’ help in pulling it off. Our family’s
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without the
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Participants had the option of running, walking, jogging,
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Participants head out on Blossom Road
by Chris White
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If you and your family have not already added a Thanksgiving
road race or fun run to your Turkey Day traditions, I suggest
you do so starting next year. It is a great opportunity for
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incentive of doing a little exercise before the big meal in the
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this event right away.
The nice weather allowed for the event’s largest turnout ever.
There were 1,024 participants who crowded the start line at 70
Blossom Road. Temperatures were mild, which made many
people comfortable to wear shorts. Cars lined the sides of the
neighborhood streets (mostly Blossom Road, but also some on
Sherwood Drive and Easy Street) as v
olunteers directed those
arriving to open parking spaces. It was a social ev
ent for high-
school students in the area and a reunion of sorts for college
students who returned home for Thanksgiving. Additionally,
families and relati
ves of all ages joined the cro
wd for an early- ®
morning stroll or light jog.
At 9 a.m., the cro
wd took off and headed for either the
ﬁve-mile or ﬁve-kilometer (3.1-mile) course in the 15th
annual Turkey T
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young children in strollers and other adults w
hose kids ran
ahead or lagged behind. P
walked their dogs or even led them in
a jog. Meanwhile, other runners ran
individually or in groups in pursuit of
crossing the ﬁnish line ﬁrst. All people
decided for themselves if they wanted to
walk, run, jog, or bike the course.
Participants also made a monetary
donation of their choice, which is
given to the Shepherd’s Food Pantry.
Donations have increased every year.
After raising $11,488 last Thanksgiving,
$14,500 was raised this year. The
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event also attracted nearly 200 more
participants this year, as there were 812
participants last year. Attendance has
increased each Thanksgiving ever since
the inaugural Turkey Trot hosted 50
people 14 years ago.
to be Dedicated
by Barbara O’Brien
It has been nine years since
legislation authorizing the construction
of a bridge connecting both sides of the
Merrimack River in the vicinity of the
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
and the Everett Turnpike was signed by
former Governor Jeanne Shaheen. The
date of that occasion was December
7, 2000, in recognition of the bombing
of Pearl Harbor; an event that brought
the United States into World War II
and, as was said by President Franklin
Roosevelt, to be “a day which shall live
Now, almost a decade later, the
new span across the Merrimack is to
be ofﬁcially dedicated as the Pearl
Harbor Survivors Memorial Bridge. A
ceremony in honor of this dedication is
scheduled for Monday, December 7, at
10 a.m. in the Hall of Flags at the New
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