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Rain cant make a turkey of city fun run

Kindergarteners chase turkey/M-P student Roxanne Trocino. -
Kindergarteners chase turkey/M-P student Roxanne Trocino.
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MARYSVILLE While turkeys are not typically native to Jennings Memorial Park, a chorus of some 30 kids, aged 5 to 11, gathered there anyway, hoping to summon the holiday bird.
As they gobble, gobbled, an unusually large specimen came out of the woods despite the sprinkling rain, and just in the nick of time for the Marysville Park and Recreation departments 18th annual Turkey Chase Fun Run.
The turkey, better known to family and friends as M-P student Roxanne Trocino, led local youngsters on laps of the baseball diamond.
Though the run has long been called a turkey chase, said the parks athletic director Dave Hall, the costume itself is a relatively new innovation for the annual fun run.
They used to have a remote controlled car theyd chase, but its a turkey chase, so we got a turkey costume, he said.
Places were not awarded in the races divided by grade, but turkeys were. About a quarter of the runners took home their Thanksgiving dinner after their names were drawn from a hat.
I think thats tradition. Theyve passed out turkeys in the past, Hall said. Some people win their turkey dinner here.
The Nov. 17 race was divided into four age group by the distance of the race. Kindergarteners ran two 100-yard dashes, first-graders one lap of the diamond, second- and third-graders two laps and fourth- and fifth-graders three laps.

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