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Turkey Trot Recap 2022

On the bright, sunny day of November 24th , 2022, the annual GMAA Turkey Trot was
slated to begin at 10 am sharp. The air was thick with anticipation as the volunteers eagerly set
up registration tables, GMAA apparel, food bins for Feeding Chittenden, and the timing and
sound equipment for the annual event. Upon glancing at the RunSignUp list the night before, 300
participants were noted to have preregistered but on a day like the race day, who could resist
signing up? Around 9:00 am, the doors to Gutterson arena opened and in flooded hordes of
trotters quickly making their way to the registration tables. However, with Ruth Blauweikel and
Paul Wagner at the registration tables, there was little to worry about. As quickly as the racers
arrived, food bins immediately started filling up with piles and piles of donated food for Feeding
Chittenden, the local food shelf. It’s possible that Tim Richmond moves quicker when food is
involved than he does otherwise as he motored through stacking, organizing, shifting, and
moving cans, boxes, and bags of food items at record speed.

As time passed, more and more runners/trotters arrived. Many for the kid’s race, which
was put on without setbacks by seasoned Turkey Trot veteran, Anne Treadwell, and many
individual runners who arrived to set PRs, run farther and faster than ever before, and/or to work
for their dinner, which they so anxiously awaited. While the participants were gathering in
Gutterson, an unexpected visit occurred from the local news channels ABC 22 & Fox 44 News
and NCB5. Many of the volunteers were asked if they cared to seize their claim to fame and talk
to the reporters but alas, all of them including previous race director Howard Kalfus, deflected to
this year’s race director to embarrass herself on local news. She is still waiting for the public to
ask for her autograph when she is around town.

At approximately 9:40 am, the runners/trotters were directed to make their way to the
starting line by another seasoned veteran, Gordan MacFarland who graciously took to the
microphone for the 15, 10, 5, and 2-minute countdown to the race start. At the starting line, race
participants stretched back as far as the side doors to the arena, making a large ‘C’ shape down
the bike path. It was later confirmed that 763 registered racers participated in the Turkey Trot
that day, which is about 200 more runners than last year. At the start of the race, we recounted
how grateful we were to have everyone out there, runners, trotters, spectators, and volunteers
alike to participate in the Turkey Trot this year, especially with UVM’s Gutterson arena, bike
path, and amenities at our disposal. At 10 am, the racers were off.

To no surprise, fast times were run with Ethan Mastear taking the victory with a time of
16:12 with Trevor Houches right on his heels with a time of 16:13. Following the two leaders
closely was Porter Hurteau with a time of 16:26. Not too far behind was the winner of the non-
binary category, Matt Powers with a time of 17:21. Less than a minute later, Josephine Brekke
came flying up the path with a time of 18:15, which was the winning female time. The second-
place woman, Katie Barker, held her own on the course with a time of 19:46 followed closely
behind by the 3rd place female Loghan Hughes with a time of 20:06. To close 2nd place for the
non-binary category, Ginnie Laurita fought for the prize with a time of 36:00. Thanks to the
Brooks representative who happened to be at SkiRack during the time that raffle donations were
acquired, the winners of the top 3 categories received a free pair of Brooks shoes.

Following the conclusion of the race, the world’s greatest raffle was held with t-shirts,
pint glasses, running socks, fleece blankets, gift certificates, and more were lying in wait to be
won back in Gutterson arena. We had received donations from Citizen Cider, the YMCA, Queen
City Brewery, Mill River Brewing, Take Good Care Fitness, SkiRack, VT Juice Co., Sangha Studio, and Dunkin’ Donuts just to name a few. In no short time, the greatest raffle in all of the
world became the longest raffle in all of the world as many of the participants had left, with 763
raffle tickets to be called but those who stayed went home happy (one hopes).

At the end of the event, when all of the participants had taken their leave in lieu of turkey
dinners and family time, the monetary donations were counted up and the food was prepared to
be shipped off to be weighed. With the careful eyes and mathematical prowess of Howard Kalfus
and the use of a calculator, a total of $6,332 were raised between pre-registration and race-day
registrants and 416 lbs of food were obtained for Feeding Chittenden. We hope that next year is
equally as successful as this year.

-Jess Marini, Race Director

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2022 GMAA Scholarships Awarded

The GMAA will award three scholarships of $1,000 each to graduating seniors to help fund their college careers.  The winners were chosen among many applicants, and were determined based on their academic achievements, community and school involvement, and their contribution of the sport of running.

The GMAA is Vermont’s largest running club.  Its mission is to promote good health, friendship, and fitness through running.  The GMAA sponsors 11 races throughout the year.

The 2022 scholarship winners are:

Sierra Fisher of South Burlington High School
Sierra was inspired to begin running as a sport when she was in elementary school and her mom was a coach for the Girls On The Run program.  Her best running moment was when she broke 5 minutes for the 1500 run in her final high school race – a goal she had worked towards all season.  Sierra will attend Marist College this fall where she will run on the varsity cross-country and track programs and major in Communications with a focus on sports communication and minor in Business and Italian Studies.

Ethan Mashtare of BFA St. Albans
Ethan was a key member of BFA’s outstanding cross-country and track teams.  Ethan has run blistering times of 1:54 in the 800, and 3:52 in the 1500, which are the second fastest in Vermont history.  Ethan will attend the University of Massachusetts – Lowell this fall and major in Exercise Science and run on the varsity cross-country and track teams.  Ethan is the son of long-time BFA coach Mike Mashtare, who was also a standout runner at BFA.  Ethan also enjoys nordic skiing, hiking, boating, and fishing.

Calvin Storms of BFA St. Albans
It was a banner year for running at BFA, and Calvin was an outstanding member of the cross-country and track and field teams.  Calvin ran outstanding times in the 1500 meters, with a best of 3:59.2, and 1:58 for 800 meters.  He was a member of BFA’s national title winning distance medley and 4×800 meter teams.  He will take his amazing skills to the University of Rhode Island where he will study pharmacy and make an immediate impact on URI’s running program.

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2021 Turkey Trot Recap

What an amazing turnout!  Despite fairly chilly temperatures, we had 700 runners this year including a great field of really enthusiastic kids.  The enthusiasm demonstrated by all was surpassed only by the generosity of the group.  We raised $6,800 for Feeding Chittenden and collected 507 pounds of food!

Most would agree that the conditions were nearly perfect for late November in Vermont.  Temperatures were in the 30’s and there was no precipitation.  The ground was, for the most part, firm.  That led to some great finish times.  The first three women were Becca Ades (19:10) of Brooklyn, NY, Andrea Allen (19:55) of Burlington, and Sarah McShane (20:12) of Burlington.  The first three men, with a very close finish, were Trevor Houchens (16:38) of South Burlington, Patrick McAllister (16:42) of Burlington and Dan Peters (17:06) of Burlington.

A very special thank you to our wonderful volunteers: Emily Bloom, Rick Brigham, Harry Curth, Sandra Dickin, Anna Kalfus, Josh Kalfus, Lee Krohn, Josie Kummer, Jan Leja, Allie Nerenberg (and family), Erin Randall, Mark Reif, Wayne Reisberg, Bob Sayers and Kirsten Wiley.

A particularly special shout-out to Anne Treadwell who again organized the kids’ race.

Your Race Directors,
Tom Nuovo and Howard Kalfus

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Green Mountain Athletic Association announces 2021 Scholarship winners

The GMAA will award two scholarships of $1,000 each to graduating seniors to help fund their college careers. The two winners were chosen among many applicants, and were determined based on their academic achievements, community and school involvement, and their love of the sport of running.

The scholarship winners are:


Ella Bohmann of CVU – Ella participated in four sports in her high school career, but was most active in running. She will attend Tulane University in the fall and will major in Communications with a minor in English. After graduation she pictures herself working for a magazine or publishing company in the areas of heath or athletics. Some of her most memorable experiences in her running career have been the camaraderie and friendships she’s made with her teammates. Ella and her family have been GMAA members for many years.

Luna Hall of Mount Mansfield Union High School – Luna exceled in cross-country, gymnastics, and track and field all 4 of year high school years, and also raced for the GMAA in regional junior races, and will continue running for the University of Vermont this fall. At UVM Luna will study biology and zoology on the pre-veterinary program and would like to focus on wildlife preservation and animal behavior, with the ultimate goal of becoming a wildlife veterinarian and do research on endangered species. Luna enjoys volunteering at sporting events because she used to look up to those who volunteered their time when she was younger.


Congratulations, Ella and Luna!

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2021 Clarence DeMar 5k Race Recap

Thanks to all who celebrated Independence Day with the first restriction-free GMAA race since the start of the pandemic! The 39th Annual (held virtually in 2020) Clarence DeMar 5k was held on an uncharacteristically cool morning, a perfect day to share the roads of South Hero with our long lost running friends. 

Very special guest, “Papa” Ray Allen, former UVM (‘59) cross country and track standout and the reason behind the inaugural running of this race back in 1983, served as the official starter of this year’s race. After some reminiscing on Clarence Demar, the race’s namesake, former resident of South Hero, UVM alumni (‘11), who later went on to infamously win 7 Boston Marathons, the nearly 300 racers were off in a blur of red, white, and blue. The out and back course passes DeMar’s former home as well as “Papa” Ray’s Allenholm Farm, twice.

Adron Pitmon, former MMU high school standout, won the men’s field with a time of 15:59.3 and Jennifer Sober, making the trip all the way from Jupiter, Florida, doubled as open and masters champion in 18:08.3. A fierce battle ensued for top 50-59 competitors with Francis Burdett edging out age group rivals Josh Brown and Dale Flanders for 9th, 10th, and 11th overall. All three, notably, ahead of this author’s husband and 40-49 age group winner, Eli Enman. Many thanks to race sponsors, generous raffle donators, volunteers, and racers.

Race Results: http://802timing.com/results/21results/runresults/7.4.21overallclarence.htm#M

Race Photos (credit Rob Swanson & Chris Kline): https://runsignup.com/Race/Photos/Location/Photos3/VT/SouthHero/ClarenceDeMarRoadRace

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2021 Solstice Run Recap

After a few years of being lost on the calendar the race formerly known as the Equinox Trail Run was renamed the Solstice Trail Run, and not to disappoint, was also moved to the Fall Equinox under its original name. The best of both worlds! Are you confused yet? So it was that the 1st Annual, GMAA Solstice Trail Run 5k & 10k races were held on a beautiful summer day along the fields, single track and old sugar-wood roads of the Keenan Family’s homestead in Charlotte, Vermont. As usual, the race brought out a full range of participants, from kids to grandparents, gnarly veterans to newbies, and everyone in between. In fact, the first finisher overall in the 5k was 16 year old Avery Smart of Montpelier with a sizable lead over the next across the line. The traditional firing up of the bbq and post-race potluck had to wait until the fall edition of the race, due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions, but everyone still left with a smile after a fun and challenging run.


Race Results: https://runsignup.com/Race/Results/107205#resultSetId-259394;perpage:100

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2020 Turkey Trot Report!

The 2020 GMAA Turkey Trot was a bit different than in years past.  Well, we didn’t really have a Turkey Trot.  But then, we sort of did.  We met outside of Gutterson Field House, collected food and cash donations for Feeding Chittenden and an estimated 100 people did show up to run the course (unmarked and unsupported; appropriately distanced, we’re told) after dropping off their donations.  In-person collections happened from 9:00 until 11:00 while online monetary donations took place over the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.  A big thanks to the Law Offices of Bauer Gravel & Farnham who gave a matching grant of $1,000.  The food donations totaled 715 pounds (the biggest collection for us in a few years) and the monetary donations totaled $3,117.56 (equally impressive given the current economy).  In addition to those running the course, many more came with their donation before or after doing their own run elsewhere.  The weather was mild with light, intermittent rain.

Had the race actually been held, we’re confident that this would have been how it unfolded:

Anne Treadwell of Burlington lead the pack for most of the race with returning champ Adrienne Brueckner of Swanton close at her heels.  Despite slipping rounding the last turn on the golf course, Anne was able to hold Adrienne at bay and crossed the finish line in 20:24.  Erin Randall of Colchester was a strong contender and actually finished just behind Anne, almost half a minute before Adrienne.  However, post-race tests showed that, at some point during the race, Luna shared her dog treats with Erin in violation of GMAA and USATF anti-doping policies.  Accordingly, Erin was disqualified and Adrienne’s 21:03 earned her a silver medal to compliment last year’s gold.

On the men’s side, Binney Mitchell of Burlington and Allen Mead of Hinesburg had what could only be described as a cage match (or, rather, would be considered a cage match but GMAA bylaws demand that all races be cage-free).  Neck-in-neck for the entire race, the two approached the final stretch with the race clock reading 16:55.  Much to Binney’s eternal shame, his father, Peter Mitchell of Jericho, leading the 80-89 age group, blew past both Binney and Allen, finishing the race in 17:04.  Allen finished second in 17:06.  At the time of this writing, Binney still hasn’t finished the race and is reportedly still laying on the course sobbing inconsolably where he got passed by his old man.

Had there been a race, we’re confident that all past volunteers would have done so again and we thank them for their unquestionable good intentions. 

See below pictures of Tom and Howard forgetting the race was cancelled and wondering where all the runners were and Tom and Howard with the donated food.

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Malcolm’s Memorial 5K

In May of this year, the Vermont running community lost Malcolm Plunkett a star runner and record holder for many Vermont high school events. GMAA Race Director Matt Solomon along with friends Brendan Copley and Olivia Plunkett have collaboratively organized a virtual 5K event in memory of Malcolm Plunkett:

What better way to celebrate Malcolm’s life than with an event that brings together the running community of Vermont and raises funds to help queer folx thrive and/or helps folx recover from addiction.

Here are some details:
What: A virtual 5K XC challenge.
When: The first weekend of August (1 & 2).
Why: We want to celebrate Malcolm’s life by joining together, running hard, and supporting a good cause.

How: Since the event is virtual, we encourage you to find your favorite local XC course (NO TRACKS) and post up your best possible 5K time. If you are in Vermont, we encourage you to revisit some staple VTXC courses. We are working with HS coaches around the area to make sure the courses are available that weekend. If you’re not in VT, run your favorite 5K course wherever you are.

Registration for the event is free; however, if you can and feel compelled, we encourage you to donate any number of the following organizations on behalf of Malcolm: Odyssey House, Inc.The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center and/or donate to next year’s event with the goal of an annual (and in-person) event.

More info here:
runreg.com/memory-of-malcolm-xc-5k