PHOTOS: Greenwich Alliance for Education Draws Crowds for Turkey Trot

Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 3.18.00 PMHundreds turned out for the fourth annual Turkey Trot to benefit the Greenwich Alliance for Education, a foundation that has gotten behind programs like AVID at GHS, Tuning In To Music, Going Place with Books and most recently the GHS Innovation Lab pilot.

The thermometer hovered right around freezing as families arrived at the Arch Street Teen Center around 9:00am. After signing in, families headed to the field at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, where the Greenwich Track Club led warmups to music. Participants chose from the one mile fun run/walk and the 5K, and each received a free t-shirt, goodie bag and free fleece hat from Patriot National Bank.

The mascot mantle, formerly undertaken by Max Kim went to the cheerful GHS freshman Kara Bittman, who welcomed families outside the Teen Center bright and early, and later cheered runners across the finish line.

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With the Utzinger family of Glenville, Kara Bittman, GHS freshman, played the part of Turkey Trot mascot. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Julian Curtiss School Principal Trish McGuire celebrates as she approaches the Turkey Trot finish line! Credit: Leslie Yager

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Julian Curtiss School Principal Trish McGuire and the whole gang. Schools were encouraged to turn out in force. The school with the greatest participation won a $500 gift card toward PE equipment. Credit: Leslie Yager

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The Greenwich Track Club led hundreds of families in warmups just after 9:00am. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Cathy Steel and son Thomas, 10, who goes to International School at Dundee. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Liz James of Greenwich, with sister in law Shari Aser James. Liz got a lot of compliments on her hat. Credit: Leslie Yager

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The Zawislack family from Cos Cob with the Utzingers of Glenville. Credit: Leslie Yager

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The Park family from Glenville were excited for their first Turkey Trot in Greenwich. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Greenwich Alliance for Education volunteers Joan Tosch and June Gold helped runners inside the Arch Street Teen Center before the Turkey Trot. Credit: Leslie Yager

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North Mianus School first grade teacher Sheri McGowan with Lorelei and Lilliana approach the finish line at the Turkey Trot on Saturday. Credit: Leslie Yager

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More information about Greenwich Alliance for Education  is available online, including the foundation’s early literacy programs for preschoolers and after-school and weekend programs.

Donations to the Greenwich Alliance for Education are 100% tax deductible. The Alliance is a non-profit and an approved 501 (c) 3 organization.


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