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Turkey Trottin'

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Over 100 intrepid walkers and runners kicked off their Thanksgiving at the Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice Turkey Trot. The annual event is a fundraiser for the organization held each Thanksgiving morning to help raise money for local senior care. Participants had the option to join in with any pace from a walk to a run on the loop through town.

Zack Freise runs across the intersection

Zack Freise runs across the intersection of Main St. and Fort St. with the assistance of officer Randy Brown on Thanksgiving morning. The police officers helped runners and walkers to safely cross the intersection during the 5K.

Long sleeved t-shirts were the special gift for participants

Long sleeved t-shirts were the special gift for participants who donated the larger amount to participate in the turkey trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning. The event also invited guests for a lower donation to join without the t-shirt.

Amanda Walter, the Home Health/Hospice director, stretches her arms out

Amanda Walter, the Home Health/Hospice director, stretches her arms out reminding everyone to social distance when possible on Thanksgiving morning, at Crazy Woman Square. Walter welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending before explaining the route and sending the group on their way for the 5K.

Sydney Rowe was joined by her niece dog Molly

Sydney Rowe was joined by her niece dog Molly and a Thanksgiving turkey hat on Thanksgiving morning at Crazy Woman Square. Rowe has completed the 5K in years past and was back out again despite the fresh coat of snow.

Shadows stripe the line of footprints that crossed the bridge

Shadows stripe the line of footprints that crossed the bridge headed to the square. The fresh coat of snow stuck around for most of the morning keeping the 5K cool but melted off quickly after.

Sarah Slaugh jogs past the final business and into the park

Sarah Slaugh jogs past the final business and into the park to finish her 5K run on Thanksgiving morning, at Crazy Woman Square. Sarah participated in the event for the first time this year and decided to join because she enjoys running.

Grace Finkle, Mackenzie Bissett and Izzy Haas relax on the steps

From left, Grace Finkle, Mackenzie Bissett and Izzy Haas relax on the steps of the stage after completing their 5K runs on Thanksgiving morning at Crazy Woman Square. When runners returned, they were offered water bottles by event organizers. Some hung out to wait for other runners to return while others left immediately upon finishing their race.

Micah Olsen throws his hands up in the air in celebration of his wife

Micah Olsen throws his hands up in the air in celebration of his wife Leslie’s completion of the run on Thanksgiving morning, at Crazy Woman Square. In addition to Micah, from left, Eli Olsen, Maggie Olsen, Rileigh Olsen and Logan Leask all ran the event together before returning home for a Thanksgiving meal. The family has run in the 5K every year for the last five years in honor of the passing away of Leslie’s mom.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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