Avon Turkey Trot draws 900 runners despite the cold

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Thanksgiving cold had Turkey Trot participants bundled up to participate. PHOTO BY STEVE WEXLER

AVON-BY-THE-SEA — While turkey’s roasted in the oven, about 900 runners shivered along the beachfront during the fifth annual Avon Pond Turkey Trot.

“It was wild. It was great,” John O’Malley, Avon Pond organizer, said about the run through Avon-By-The-Sea and Bradley Beach held early Thanksgiving morning.

According to Mr. O’Malley, race organizers were nervous at first that people would not show up to the event due to the cold weather, but that ended up not being the case.

According to registration numbers, 970 runners signed up for the holiday race, which is the most ever registered, according to Mr. O’Malley, although not all came out for the morning event.

The race benefits the Avon Pond, the seasonal outdoor ice rink in Avon’s Volunteer Park.

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