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Turkey Trot in Greensburg raises $50,000

| Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Ryan Boccabella of North Huntingdon is the first to cross the finish line during this year's Greensburg Turkey Trot.
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Colette Silvis of Latrobe is the first female to finish the race held in Greensburg on Thanksgiving Day.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
It wasn't hot for the trot. Christy Nymick of Baltimore, Md. sports some turkey head gear and gulps down some coffee before the race, when the temperature was about 20 degrees.

More than 2,000 runners and walkers didn't let inclement weather stop them on Thanksgiving Day.

They turned out for the 22nd annual Greensburg Turkey Trot — a 5K (3.1 miles) race, or walk — and raised approximately $50,000 for charity, according to organizers.

Participants braved temperatures around 20 degrees.

“Even thought it was cold, it didn't temper anybody's enthusiasm,” said race director Mark Sorice, a Greensburg attorney.

Sorice, Greensburg dentist Barry Bupp, his wife Gail Bupp and other founders gave the race its start more than two decades ago.

Barry Bupp said the group frequently ran in the mornings, including Thanksgiving Day, so they talked about organizing a race.

The Turkey Trot was born, with about 200 participants taking part that first time.

“It's always a good feeling every year ... because the money is going to charity,” Bupp said.

The beneficiaries are Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region, the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department and the YMCA, all in Greensburg.

Different charities are selected each year, Sorice said, but “we try to keep everything local.”

Runners and walkers were given the option of using a disposable microchip to time them. The clock began when they crossed a mat in front of the Westmoreland County Courthouse and ended when they reached another mat behind the courthouse.

“Each time is individualized, depending on when you cross the mats,” Sorice said.

Gail Bupp designs T-shirts given to participants. “She's done all 22 years,” her husband noted.

This year's shirt depicted a turkey decoy and noted “22 years of our Turkey Trot Dynasty” — a takeoff on the TV show “Duck Dynasty.”

“This is something that everybody loves and looks forward to,” Sorice said. “It's like a family gathering. Everybody loves the reunion aspect of it. It's such a positive energy and atmosphere.”

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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