Oak Ridge Schools, the Office of Coordinated School Health and the ORHS Cross Country team hosted the Annual Oak Ridge Schools Turkey Trot on Tuesday, November 14 at A.K. Bissell Park. The race included 265 total runners, including representation from all four elementary schools, both middle schools, and Oak Ridge Preschool.

“I’m thrilled with the turnout this year,” said Marcia Wade, Coordinated School Health Coordinator, “not only from our students, but the incredible support that their families, our teachers, and our community showed. Developing a love of exercise at a young age is critical in long term health, and the excitement that surrounds this annual event has grown every year for more than 10 years.”

“We are thankful for the turkey trot,” said Khouan Oakgrove, mother of ORS kindergartner Johan Oakgrove. “We had no idea my son was a runner until he got second place this year and fifth place last year. We knew he always had a ton of energy, but it never occurred to us to put it towards running.”

The winners in each group are as follows:

Pre-K-Kindergarten 1/3  mile race: (67 total participants)

Girls: Boys:
1st place: Robyn Burge 3:02 1st place: Thomas Dongarra 2:45
2nd place:  Zoe Mulholland 3:23 2nd place: Johan Oakgrove 2:57
3rd place:  Maddie Jones 3:51 3rd place: Beckett White 3:00
4th place:  Audrey Lukes 3:51 4th place:  Na’Kyrah Moore 3:06:34
5th place:  Avalynn Martin 3:53 5th place: Xander Baker 3:06:73
6th place:  Journey Keaton 3:54 6th place: Luke Caylor 3:08


1st and 2nd Grade ½ mile race: (105 total participants)

Girls: Boys:
1st place:  Kyleigh Johsnon 3:32 1st place:  Vernon Jones 3:19
2nd place:  Nora Lewellyn 3:41 2nd place: Paxton Johnson 3:20
3rd place:   Penelope Eckman 3:57 3rd place:  Zachary Dongarra 3:34
4th place:   Phia Reed 4:02 4th place:   Case Bishop 3:37
5th place:   Maisy Norris 4:08 5th place:   Greyson Daniels 3:38
6th place:   Rossi Casteel 4:10 6th place:   Chandler Malone 3:42


3rd and 4th grade mile race: (68 total participants)

Girls: Boys:
1st place:  Avery Stevens 7:07 1st place:  Trevor Chapshaw 6:50
2nd place: Molly Burge 7:27 2nd place: Tate Cullen 6:51
3rd place: Phoebe Reed 7:33 3rd place: Maddox Lee 7:02
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