Orange and yellow leaves were falling from the swirling winds, smoke from the warm fire rising and sneakers being tightly double knotted as approximately 400 runners warmed up in preparation for the Fairway Market 5k Turkey Trot at Eisenhower Park this Saturday.
RaceAwesome.com is using this charity race to collect cash donations for the INN located in Hempstead, New York. The INN is a not-for-profit volunteer-based organization that provides a broad variety of essential services to assist those challenged by hunger, homelessness and profound poverty.
Two races took place, a 1k “Chase the Gobbler” race for kids which is generally a family sporting event and a 5k race for adults. A 5k run is 5 kilometers long, which is equivalent to 3.1 miles.
“It is a pretty unique race, we have fires, hot chocolate, Fairway Market does an amazing job, there’s apple pie for everybody to eat after the race.” Said Corey Roberts, Race Director from RaceAwesome.com
Roberts and others from his crew took 4 hours the day prior to the race to set up and Roberts was at Eisenhower Park at 4 a.m. to make sure everything was in place on race day. The race started at 8:45 a.m. “We do everything from insurance to permitting, we design the course, we even cut wood for fires, we essentially do everything that you see here.” Roberts added.
“I mapped out the course 5 years ago just from running in this park. I had my own little course that I used to come in here and run I just took it from that and made it. Our course is unique, there’s a lot of races in Eisenhower Park and there’s a few different certified 5k courses out there but we went out and created our own course because we wanted to be different.” Said Roberts. The start and finish line are virtually right next to each other, deep into Eisenhower Park creating a nice scenery for runners.
As runners walked over to Field 6, they were greeted by volunteer Michael Mandolese, dressed up in a turkey outfit, he brought much fun and enthusiasm to the event. Encouraging and motivating others prior and during the race. “I’m here for the kids, to make it fun for them.” Mandolese said.
“It’s a great way to wake up, pump some energy into your body. Running wakes you up and gets your day going. I love it.” Said Samuel Kuwano from Great Neck, New York who participated in the 5k race.
After the races runners got that opportunity to enter raffles, roast marshmallows and enjoy the many foods provided by Fairway Market. Many awaited to check out their score times to see if they won awards. The top male and female runners received fairway gift cards and apple pie. There was also Fairway coffee awarded to those who placed top in their age group, which was in five year intervals.
The day is for anyone looking to give back for a good cause and kick start their day with a little run. Families and friends of all ages can attend to this fun filled event that creates a stress free noncompetitive environment for the runners.