Nearly 200 participate in annual Turkey Trot

| November 27, 2017

Runners take off at the fourth annual Turkey Trot held at Lake Park on a chilly Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23. Nearly 200 participated in the event that raised money for New Life Ministries. Mark Fortune | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Kelly Treat, who organized the Turkey Trot with DK Races & Events business partner Dustin Haywood said, “This is our fourth annual event. We started this as a part of New Life Ministries and the race has now been turned over to DK Races & Events. We are a small town race and events business and have done a lot of 5k, 10k and specialty races here in the community over the last few years.”

“We pick a charity for each of our races and we wanted to pick New Life Ministries for this race because they gave us this race to do. We have collected canned goods today and have accepted donations on behalf of New Life Ministries as well. We are happy to partner with them and help them out.”

“We also have the opportunity to share a little bit about the food pantry so that is really good as well.”

“It’s a cold morning but it’s a great morning. The weather is actually pretty good for runners so they will tell you that they are pretty happy with it. It’s not raining and it’s not snowing, although I think a few people wanted a little bit of snow. It’s a beautiful morning, the sun is shining. We had 199 register this year which is at our cap. We wanted to reach 200 and we got right at 199. We’re thrilled.”

Treat suggested that people, “Check us out for the Jingle Bell Jangle. We partner with the firefighters toy chest drive for that.” DK Races & Events is a for profit business and Treat emphasized that they always partner with people that need some help.

The Jingle Bell Jangle will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16. For more information visit DK Races & Events on the web at or on Facebook.

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