By Nugesse Ghebrendrias
Of the News-Times
NEWPORT — Once again, the Newport Turkey Trot brought out hundreds of runners for a good cause the morning of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov.28.
Eager runners and supporters gathered at the Rogue Brewery in Newport not only to make some room for the day’s massive portions, but to give back and help the less fortunate in Lincoln County.
The event was started back in 2012 by Ed Cortes and has continued to grow and prosper ever since.
This year, Arctic Circle's Turkey Trot worked side by side with the Food Share of Lincoln County to help provide meals for the holidays and beyond. Prices to participate for the race varied up to $40, but every penny went to Food Share.
“We distribute about a million pounds of food every year, right here in Lincoln County,” said Nancy Mitchell, executive director of Food Share. “We serve about 1,500 to 1,600 families every month. We are a coastal community, and we do a lot of seasonal work, so with lack of housing and other issues, we have people come to us for assistance, and we are happy to have the support to be able to help people out there.”
And while the event had a big hand in giving back to the community, there was a lot of fun to be had — despite the chilly weather.
The morning kicked off with a kids race, which featured dozens of young runners who were eager to get started.
And although their course was a bit shorter, red faces and tired looks graced the finish line. A valiant effort and glimpse into the future of the Newport Turkey Trot.
But before the adults could get underway for the 5K and 10K races, the costume contest had to be sorted. Two winners were crowned; one for adults and one for the children.
The adult turkeys (two women and one man) dressed up with orange tutus and turkeys on their heads, while the kids group had a large group of smaller turkeys with rainbow-feathered hats.
After the costumes were judged, hundreds of adult runners took part in the race that kicked off close to 9:30 that morning.
One of those adult racers, Becky Jemsem, hailed all the way from Alaska and was eager to take part in the event. She was in town with family and friends.
“We just looked online and we came out,” Jemsem said. “We’re only here until Saturday, but wanted to come out and take part.”
Their spirit and willingness to help a noble cause, like so many others, is a big reason why the Newport Turkey Trot is popular and continuing to help the community.