By Sarah Steighner
Penn State New Kensington’s 34th annual 5k Turkey Trot race was held on Saturday, Nov 9. 115 students, friends, and community members participated in the race.
Registration started at 9:30 a.m. Participants signed in and registered while receiving their race bibs and free t-shirts. The race officially started at 10 a.m. Runners started on the brisk morning outside the Penn State New Kensington Athletic Center, past the front of the school, and headed down Myers Drive.
Runners ran past the Nittany Highland apartments and continued pushing themselves along. A station of volunteers handing out water was provided for participants along the path. Just when it seemed like there could not possibly be one more windy turn, runners reached a police officer and volunteer at the bottom of a sloping hill that signified the point to turn around.
The leg of the race that followed was quite possibly the most intense considering all the downhill slopes in the road the runners had previously went down were now challenging inclines to conquer. After passing the apartments and school one more time, runners made their way back to the finish line in front of the athletic center.
Participants were then able to return inside the Athletic Center where snacks and drinks were provided. Runners who had finished the race mingled with the Nittany Lion mascot and the festively dressed turkey while waiting for the last participant to cross the finish line.
Afterwards, everyone made there way to the bleachers for the raffle to begin. Gift cards from sponsors such as Giant Eagle, Five Guys Burgers, Houlihans, and Pounds Turkey Farm were given away to the winners. A snack basket and even some Penn State apparel were also raffled off.
When asked for feedback, Pepsi Umberger, Kinesiology instructor and race director said that she “had an amazing staff who planned a great event. I hope it will continue to grow in the future.” Fitness attendants for the Athletic Center of PSNK were the main staff that helped out with the race.
Participants of the 2013 Turkey Trot 5k race got to leave Penn State New Kensington that day feeling accomplished at the race they had just finished and the cause they had helped. Overall, $1,700 was raised through the 5k race for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.