Shrewsbury keeps Turkey Trot for remembrance


Runners cross the start line at this year’s Turkey Trot for the Memory in Shrewsbury. (Photos / Dakota Antelman)

SHREWSBURY – More than 1,900 runners came out for the return of Shrewsbury’s turkey red to the Memory Road Race on November 25th.

This was the 10th edition of the race that restarted a year ago after being disrupted by COVID-19.

“It’s very exciting and humbling [to be back]“Said event organizer and founder Jane Lizotte to the Community Advocate.

More than $ 40,000 was raised this year Turkey Trot goes to the Alzheimer’s Association.

This thing is personal to Lizotte, whose father Francis P. O’Conner died of Alzheimer’s in 2007.

The same thing also happened for singer / singer writers and music therapists at home Cara Brindisiwho performed a few songs before the opening horn of this year’s Turkey Trott.

Brindizi grew up in Shrewsbury and comforted her grandfather by playing music for him for the last few years of his life before he died of Alzheimer’s.

“Have a great turkey rut,” Brindizi told the crowd as she topped her off this Thanksgiving.

Lizotte grew up on a familiar tradition of physical activity on Thanksgiving morning, as her father encouraged family members to go out and get some fresh air before afternoon and evening gatherings.

What became the Turkey Trot began as a small tradition among friends seeking this type of Thanksgiving move.

Over time, this group grew and started big fundraising drives.

More than a decade later, Lizotte said she was grateful to the community of runners, co-organizers and neighbors who have been with us over the years.

“It’s incredibly inspiring,” she said.

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