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5K race helps food banks stock up for Thanksgiving

Nov. 13, 1997

By Teresa Weddle

Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

The third annual Turkey Trot, a 5K run/walk/in-line skating race sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, will begin at 4 p.m. today in front of the Wiethorn Information Center.

This year's race will benefit a local food bank in Waco. The entry fee for the race consists of $7 plus two canned goods. The entry fee will pay for the T-shirts that are given to the participants.

The canned goods will be collected the day of the race and given to a food bank in Waco to distribute to families in need for Thanksgiving.

'There's a need for people to enjoy a wholesome Thanksgiving here in Waco,' said Michael Hoeppner, a Euless sophomore and co-chair of Turkey Trot. 'We are not holding it for profit.'

The races held are split into four categories: in-line skating, cross country, run/walk under 30 and run/walk over 30. The races will begin in five-minute intervals and will offer separate prizes for the winners. The top three finishers in each race will receive prizes donated from local businesses, including a one-month membership at the Premiere Health Club and Spa in Waco.

A large variety of consolation prizes, also donated from local merchants and businesses, will be distributed to those who do not finish their race within the top three.

The race begins at the Wiethorn Information Center and will snake around the Baylor campus twice before ending in the Rogers Engineering and Computer Science building parking lot. Students, faculty and staff have been signing up to participate in the race since the beginning of November.

'It's something fun to do,' Susan Searsoss, an Aurora, Colo., sophomore, said. 'It's for a good cause and it's to help people out for Thanksgiving.'

Last year's race consisted of three categories: run/walk under 30, run/walk over 30 and in-line skating. The newest category, cross country, was added to give inexperienced runners and walkers a chance to do their best against the more experienced cross country runners. In-line skating, was added last year to cater to a large portion of Baylor students who like the sport and who do not like to walk or run.

'In-line skating adds a new dimension to the race,' Hoeppner said.

'It looks fun,' David Leone, a Phoenix, Ariz., junior, said. 'And it's for a charitable cause.'

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