The Silver Anniversary of Monroe's Turkey Trot attracts 211 runners and walkers


Photos provided by Joe Mancuso These are the winners from the 25th annual running of the Turkey Trot in Monroe.

MONROE — In spite of a slight drizzle earlier that morning, the 25th annual Turkey Trot 5K race/walk took off at 9 a.m. last Saturday, Nov. 27, without a glitch.Two hundred and eleven runners and walkers, with the help of the Village of Monroe Police, the Monroe Volunteer Ambulance and Fire Police, took a route through downtown Monroe, along the Ponds, around the scenic back section of Smith’s Clove to end up back at the park.Nineteen-year-old John Dove came in first place for the second year in a row with a time of 17.36.2 - taking one minute and 20 seconds off his 2014 time of 18.56.3.Meanwhile, a newcomer, 13-year-old Phoebe White, took the women’s division with a time of 20.26.21.Phoebe is the daughter of Kristen Schiesswhol, a five-time female winner of the Turkey Trot from 1994 to 1998.In the 25-year history of the race, the best time for a male winner was Derek White in 1996 with a time of 15:46.The best time for a female winner was Kristen Schiesswhol in 1995 with a time of 18:31.“It was nice to see so many young people participate” said John Battaglia, chairman of the Monroe Joint Park Commission, “along with the many repeat runners and walkers."Ed Leonard, who organized the first Turkey Trot for the Park, was on hand to reminisce along with providing memorabilia of the 1991 race.At they completed their race, participants and their supporters went back to the Smith's Clove Park’s activity room for fruit, bagels and muffins supplied by Bagel World in Monroe, immediately followed by the award ceremony.