Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Save-A-Turkey Trot 2012

The 3rd Annual Save-A-Turkey Trot on Sept 29th, co-sponsored by OrganicAthlete Victoria and Friends of Animals featured the best weather yet, sunny and warm, and even a visit from a few passing orcas in the Juan de Fuca Strait!

This year featured a record 34 participants, and split down the middle with about half running, and half out for a pleasurable stroll in support of turkeys and veganism on the scenic 5km route along the paths along the waterfront.

We also set out informative route markers this year, and as always, a huge supply of prizes distributed by draw. We also had three Top prizes, a Field Roast Celebration Roast donated by Sarah’s Place, and our Top runners were:
Top Male: Danny Taylor, 17’26 (2012)
Top Junior (U19): Etta Degnan, 19’57 (2012)
Top Female: Etta Degnan, 19’57 (2012) (Note: Top Female prize awarded to 2nd place Female, Jenn Marr, 20’04)

These are also our new Course Record times - Glenn Jasechko had the record from last year, with an 18’44, but couldn’t defend his record this year (and it was done barefoot!), and the previous Top Female was Lysanne Lavigne, with a 21’24 which held for two years from our 1st event in 2010.

That means our Top Vegan Times are now:
Top Male: Glenn Jasechko, 18’44 (2011)
Top Female: Jenn Marr, 20’04 (2012)

Over $650 in prizes were given out, and a big thank-you goes to our sponsors Purica, Sarah’s Place, Tender Heart Truffles, Green Cuisine, Vshoen Boutique, Equinox Health Clinic and Oak Bay Bikes plus all attendees got a sample pack of Vega One!

A big thank you to volunteers and OA members Ailsa, Heather, Nick and David for helping out with the event, thanks to Jenn Marr and Michelle Dagg for bringing out so many members of the UVic Tri Club, and a special thanks to Purica for providing the event tent.

Enjoy this fantastic event video from David:

Our photo album can be found here, and below are the full results from the runners plus a few more select photos, thank for being a part of the 3rd Annual Save-A-Turkey Trot, see you in 2013!
Runners - Male
Danny Taylor 17’26
Derek Binnersley* 20’12
Erik Venini 21’07
Jordan Reichert 21’10
Sam Lynch 26’52
Luke Chamberlain 26’52
Nathan Lam 31’12
Greg Gillespie 43’50

Runners - Female
Etta Dengan* 19’57
Jenn Marr 20’04
Jocelyn Hardy 21’10
Sydney Scout* 21’12
Michelle Dagg 21’42
Linnea Saltel 23’50
Lisa Trotter 26’42
Marlon Couture* 30’31
Krista Park 30’32
Jordan Gillespie* 39’45

* denotes U19 runner
And all our 'trotters': Susan, Mirriam, Krista, Mark, Marni, Simon, Solina, Oden, Eric, Kayla, Gavin, Alek, Tanis, Jane, Alanna and Melanie!

Dave Shishkoff
Canadian Correspondent
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