The 37th annual Norwich YMCA Turkey Trot Nov. 18 was the first one for little Andrew Kmetz of Smyrna. Dressed as a turkey, the toddler traversed the 5K in a stroller pushed by dad Joe Kmetz, who was dressed as a pilgrim for the festivities himself.

“This is his first 5K, and my first time running with a stroller,” Kmetz said. “It’s nice and cold today so that will keep me going.”

“This is perfect running weather,” added Kathy Hubbard of South Plymouth. “I just love to see the community get together for an event like this.”

Amanda Lo Piccolo finished with a chip time of 18:40:51 and husband Matt Lo Piccolo with a chip time of 18:40:53. Professional timing and race results were by Second Wind Race Timing.

The couple were in town for the Thanksgiving holiday from North Carolina – Matt is originally from Norwich- and this was actually their first stop when they arrived. They did have their family there supporting them, Amanda said.

The run/walk was a fundraiser for the Norwich YMCA, and had more than 400 participants pre-registered, according to race coordinator Shannon Gawronski. A big part of the success of the event is due to the work of the volunteers and donors, she noted, and Gawronski said she enjoyed watching everyone work together for the YMCA.

“This is a great community event – we have tremendous volunteer help and donors who really make this happen,” she said. “Some of them have been doing this since the beginning.”

Barb LaRose of Unadilla was there for the first time, dressed as a colorful turkey to celebrate the trot. She admitted feeling “very excited” as it neared time for the race to start.

“I can’t wait to enjoy the fresh air, donate some money to the YMCA, and just have some fun today,” she said.

Video of the start of the race, as well as the Lo Piccolo’s thrilling finishes, are on the Mid-York Weekly’s Facebook page.