Thousands brave the cold for 71st annual Troy Turkey Trot

November 22, 2018 03:18 PM

TROY - The 71st annual Troy Turkey Trot drew thousands Thursday morning, although sub-zero wind chills prompted fewer runners to register than in years past.

Lansingburgh native Robert Sheftel has been running the Turkey Trot for 20 years. He said the cold couldn't stop him from keeping tradition.

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"Not at all, not at all you gotta go out there each Thanksgiving, makes dinner that much better," Sheftel said.

Rick Weiss of Loudonville has also been running the Turkey Trot for two decades.

"Back when my oldest son was running high school track he started running and one year he won it and then he convinced us as a family to come out," Weiss said. "Then we started wearing costumes every year we pick a different costume. This year we decided to go with elves. We've been hula dancers and pilgrims and Santa Clauses and snowmen we try to change it up every year."

The Weiss' certainly aren't the only people in festive attire year after year.

"We've actually been doing this for nine years," Andrew Scott. "We started with two of us and we increased and kind of doubled each year until it was impossible. So we've been doing it in 0° weather in the past so this one it's just kind of a little colder for us."

Officials said just over 6,400 people registered for the race this year.


Emily Burkhard

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