Nearly 1200 runners toed the line for the 43rd running of the Greater Derry Track Club’s Turkey Trot, the oldest in the state of NH. With weather conditions around 40 degrees and calm, it was the perfect day to hammer down some quick turkey day 5ks before filling up on Thanksgiving meals.
A handful of fast collegiate and post-collegiate runners highlighted the men’s field as Aidan Gilbride (Franklin Pierce), Sam Gagnon (UNH ’15), Kevin McMahon (North Central ’15), Jeff Reddy (Franklin Pierce), and Austin Smith (Clarkson) all rolled through the mile in 4’54. Gagnon and Gilbride would break away from the field on the big hill in the 2nd mile and hammer away all the way to the finish. Gilbride managed to overtake Gagnon in the final half mile to win in 15’28. The battle for 3rd came down to a kick with Jeff Reddy edging out Kevin McMahon at the end. The two of them ran 15’38 and 15’39 respectively. 5th place finisher Austin Smith’s 16 flat rounded out one of the fastest fields in the recent history of the race.
The women’s race may have fetured the youngest winner in GDTC Turkey Trot history. With the absence of 3x champion Amy Bernard, it was 13 years young Morgan Nault who took command of the race from gun to wire, leading for the women by a respectable amount every step of the way. Nault traversed the course in 19 minutes 51 seconds, winning the race by 28 seconds over the next closest competitor. Pinkerton Academy track athlete Britney Johnson captured 2nd in 20’19 with Gabby Johnson traveling from Waterboro, ME to place 3rd in 20’21. Londonderry High School standout Kalin Gregoire ran it in for 4th with a 20’26, and Gabby’s sister Kylie Johnson placed 5th in 20’38.
Full results courtesy of New England Timing.
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