Runners on Nov. 22, 2018 did not let the cold keep them away. (Photo provided).
BY LAURIE GORDON Sparta - Maybe it's to justify the umpteenth calorie they consumed, or maybe it's a matter of camaraderie, or kicking off the holiday season with meaningful fundraising, but whatever it is, Turkey Trot participants love to defy the weather. Melissa Fagersten, of Sparta, said, “It was freezing, and this is the coldest one I can remember, but we have been out there since the Krogh's Turkey started a number of years ago.” She and her husband, Brian, ran with their daughters; Katie and Ellie. Meanwhile their third daughter, Hannah, served hot meals at Krogh's cozy restaurant on one of its busiest mornings of the year. Fagersten was thankful that she and her family could hole up at her in-laws' house, which is located near the start. The Krogh's Turkey Trot benefits the Sparta Education Foundation. The overall winner for men was Sparta’s Robert Russo, 18, with a finish time of 17:10. He attends Stevens Institute of technology as a Mechanical Engineering major and he runs for the college. He’s a Pope John alumn and he runs Krogh's Turkey Trot every year since it started. Corinne Fitzgerald, 27, of New York, finished first overall for women, with a time of 19:43. Surrounding municipalities held holiday races as well. Jamie Whitby, of Stillwater, gave his uncle, Dennis Lauzon, accolades for his second place finish in his age group at the Hobble Gobble race in Sandyston on Thanksgiving Day. His cousin, Charlie Lauzon, of Fredon, finished third in his age group. Whitby is on the Kittatinny Middle School Cross Country Team and Lauzon plays football for Pope John High School. Krogh's Turkey Trot, which benefits Sparta Public Schools, has many generous sponsors, including; ThorLabs, RCCA, Realty Executives, Villa Capri II, St. Moritz Bar and Grill, Atlantic Health System, Royal Coachman Worldwide, Pine Cone Chiropractic, Culligan Water, Spavia, Dykstra Associates, Lake Mohawk Country Club, Lakeland Surveying, Wellness Pediatrics, Duphiney Financial Network, McGuire Chevrolet, Biondo Investment Advisors, Eastern Propane, Caldwell Banker Julie Kille and Daphne , Weichert Realty Dawn Corbo and Dawnice LaFave, South Shore Outdoor, Allstate Gargin Agency, Sharpe Plumbing and Heating, Integrity Dental of Sparta, Star Nails, Askin & Hooker, LLC, NJFoster, and Liquor Factory. www.kroghsturkeytrot.com