Turkey Trot a success despite freezing temperatures in Salisbury

SALISBURY, Md. – Bone-chilling temperatures have taken over Delmarva, but that did not stop runners on Thursday from taking part in the YMCA Turkey Trot race.

“Oh, well, I’ll be running as fast as I can,” said Angela Leopold, from Pennsylvania.

“I have like four or five shirts on, so I’m layered, so I’ll be okay because I work out at the YMCA every day,” said Sherry Richter, a local resident.

Despite the harsh weather, the annual event brought out over one hundred people who came to support a special cause with donations.

“If you know anything about the YMCA, we are a charity,” said the Mid-Shore Family Branch YMCA Associate Executive Director, Amy Sorg.

“We are a non-profit organization, so we really look for help in the community so we can foster opportunities for kids and families,” said Sorg.

“Thanksgiving is about giving back, so it’s a great opportunity to get out here and just feel like I’m giving back here today on Thanksgiving,” said Leopold.

And whether participants are enthusiastic grandparents or a toddler everyone was welcomed.

“My daughter is the aquatic director, and she told me I was going to sign up for this,” said Sherry Richter, a local resident.

“But, my grandsons are on the swim team, and they have such dedicated coach and the swim team is fantastic,” said Richter.

“First, I was like, oh my gosh, it’s so cold,” said Leslie Lievartoshesky, a local resident.

“It’s been so warm, but what a beautiful day, and to have all these people come out and support the community before Thanksgiving meal is great,” said Lievartoshesky.

Racers add, they hope the 5K will help them burn a few extra calories before stuffing up with some delicious Thanksgiving treats.

“Obviously, running three miles we’ll burn some calories, so maybe I can have an extra piece of pumpkin pie when I’m all done,” said Leopold.

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