By Christopher Roberson
With a time of 16 minutes, 30 seconds, Andrew Fossa of Peabody took first place in the 10th annual Turkey Trot 5K road race on Nov. 25.
Fossa narrowly escaped the clutches of Lynnfield resident Daniel Kelley, who finished 18 seconds later. In addition to winning last year’s Turkey Trot, Kelley has also been the fastest Lynnfield runner in the Boston Marathon since 2014.
Fossa said he felt the pressure from Kelley throughout the race. “He really pushed me, it was good,” said Fossa. “The course was actually challenging.”
Fossa said he currently runs cross-country for the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
For the second year, Emily McDivitt of Melrose had the best women’s time, completing the course in 21 minutes, 32 seconds and finished in sixth place overall.
Cheryl Mishel of Lynn said that although the course was hillier than she expected, she would still consider running the race again next year.
James Quinn of Lynnfield said he and other runners encountered a “long uphill” in the first mile. However, he still had fun overall. “It was good. I’m glad the rain stopped,” said Quinn.
Christopher Scheer of Wakefield agreed that the course had its share of challenging hills. He also said that running such a course was a good way to burn off the excess calories from Thanksgiving.
Luke Kimball, chairman of the Rotary Club’s Race Committee, said the proceeds from this year’s Turkey Trot will fund the club’s Service Above Self Scholarships, which are awarded each year to three high school students. He said each scholarship is worth $2,000.
Kimball said that in prior years, turkeys were awarded to the winner and the top three runners in each age group. He said the turkeys have since given way to gift cards.
Kimball also said the race venue was changed last year from MarketStreet Lynnfield to Lynnfield High School “to keep the runners safe.” “There’s less traffic in this area,” he said. “The race is a lot more organized now.”
In addition, Kimball thanked Second Wind Race Timing for being on hand this year. He said having an official time keeper helps to attract “more serious runners.”