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Nearly 600 register for Turkey Trot races

by Renss Greene

Rickey Cappetta of Stafford repeated his first-place finish at the 14th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot five-mile run, finishing well out in front of some 136 other runners.

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14th annual Irvington Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013
Hosted by the Town of Irvington
Sponsored by the Irvington Village Improvement Association
Photos by Renss Greene


Cappetta, a William & Mary sophomore and cross-country runner, improved upon his first-place finish from last year by nearly a minute and a half, finishing in 28:02.420 according to chip times recorded by Colonial Sports Inc. of Williamsburg. Nonetheless, he says he had a workout the next day and wasn’t giving it 100%.

“I wasn’t really supposed to race, but I just decided to make it kind of like in between a hard run and a workout,” Capetta said. This was his third turkey trot.

“I’ve done it three times, the first time was I think four years ago, and I was second,” Capetta said. His grandparents are Richard and Alice Slember of White Stone.

Cullen Oliver, a James Madison University junior, took second at 30:27.005. Hard on his heels was Douglas Marshall of Mathews in third place at 30:29.961.

Amy Jones of Heathsville was the first female finisher at 34:12.271 at ninth place overall. She was followed by Heather Hudgins of Mathews at 34:53.446 and Gloucester High School graduate Chelsea Little at 35:32.198.

Colonial Sports, Inc. of Williamsburg provided professional administration and electronic timing for the second year.

The two-mile run saw a tremendous 413 people run, led by Oliver, who warmed up for his five-mile second-place finish by finishing first overall in the two-mile at 11:05.928. Behind Oliver was Ronnie Cutler of Lancaster, repeating his second-place finish from last year at 11:39.998. Connor Flynn of Irvington finished third at 12:23.595.

Mathews eighth-grader Emma Hudgins led the female two-mile finishers at 13:38.690 and 11th place overall. She was followed by Sarah Schindler of Reedville at 13:59.199 and Grace Fitzpatrick of Arlington at 15:10.006.

Race director Michelle Lybarger said she was pleased with the turnout. A list of participants and their finishing times is printed in this week’s Rappahannock Record.


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