A Great Day for A Turkey Trot!

A run around the lake at North Park with a few hundred of your closest friends is always a good time. But when you add perfect running weather, a great cause, plus food and drink, it becomes a super fun time!

The StartThis year’s STICK WITH IT FITNESS Before-You-Eat-A-Lot Turkey Trot benefiting Autism Speaks was just that. On Thanksgiving morning, racers of all ages started lining up at 8:00am at North Park’s Rose Barn for check in, coffee and bagels and to score their commemorative long-sleeve tee shirts.

Once the race organizers had the road marshals in place, and remembered to set up the race clock and snap the traditional group photo, the trotters were off!  4.4 miles later, the Top Male Finisher, Will Loevner and Top Female Finisher, Paige Suvick crossed the finish line to the applause of enthusiastic cheerleaders.

Top Female and Top Male Finishers

As more racers finished, the crowd gathered for refreshments outside on the lawn..and some 3 hours later, many were still there…even after the Bloody Marys had run out.

Happy Trotters post-raceJust as it has in previous years, the 12th Annual SWIF Turkey Trot was run for fun and charity, raising over $8,000 for the Pittsburgh Chapter of Autism Speaks. Event Coordinator, Sue Seiff said it was mainly due to the generosity of the event’s Co-Sponsors, who provided both monetary and in-kind support.  “We raised 60% more than last year with the same number of runners, thanks to the many businesses that came through for us.” Seiff said.

Seiff added, “This year, Dave Higginbotham Photography has posted more than 180 Turkey Trot photos on the STICK WITH IT FITNESS facebook page…be sure to check them out.” 

Albert Eiler and his staff at SWIF want to thank the trotters for participating, the volunteers who helped out, and Co-Sponsors for their generosity!  

Volunteers and Co-SponosorsThe 13th Annual Turkey Trot will be November 28, 2013.  Mark your calendars!

Thank You Gold Sponsors:

Burchick Construction Company, Inc

FireDEX of Pittsburgh

Seubert and Associates

Olde Stonewall Golf Club

Sign*A*Rama of Gibsonia

Shakespeare’s Restaurant and Pub

Allison Park Contractors

Willow Tree Banquet Hall

 Thank You Silver Sponsors:

Aethon

Aliquippa Giant Eagle

Alpine Pools

The Brew House

ChangeRx

C.I.E., Inc.

Minuteman Press of Allison Park

Scott Advertising Specialists

 Thank You Bronze Sponsors:

Ace Athletics

Artistic Tree & Landscape Creations

Billco Mazda/VW

Brayman Construction Corporation

Casey’s Family Restaurant

Celtic Healthcare

Cipriani & Werner, PC

Csonka Optometric

Heritage Seubert Financials

INPAX

Major Supply

Massucci Builders, Inc.

Nathan Contracting

Reinhart FoodService

St. Margaret Foundation

Smokin’ Hot Yoga

Starbucks

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services

WALCO Corporation

Waves Equipment Source

William Mercer & Assocs.

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