On Nov. 21, the second graders of Morgan Elementary School ran their shoes off at the annual Turkey Trot.
Each race, students literally ran so fast they lost their shoes as they ran with all of their might. Frigid temperatures moved the race from the normal venue at the Morgan High School track to inside the Trojan Century Center. This change was welcomed by the students as well as all of the family members who came to cheer.
Typically the race is held in two parts: a boys race and a girls race. This year, however, the smaller setting required the race to be split into heats. The five classes were split with Mrs. Sommer’s, Mrs. Dent’s and half of Mrs. Mcfarlane’s classes racing first and then half of Mrs. Mcfarlane’s and Mrs. Perry/Roundy’s class racing second. In each heat, the first five finishers moved on to the final.
The first place winners took home the bird of the day, with each receiving a turkey donated from Bingham’s Custom Meats in Morgan.
Abbie Tibbitts crossed the finish line before any of the other girls. She hadn’t practiced but felt compelled to run fast. Just before she ended the race, she looked behind her and saw Chloee Clark on her heels. At that point, she gave it her all and pushed across the finish line in first place. “I don’t think I’ve ever ran that fast,” said Tibbitts, who planned to share the turkey with her family.
Jayden Wardell earned himself a turkey, which he plans to eat on Christmas. His first-place finish was exciting for the crowd gathered round cheering for him. The excitement of the day and receiving his award in front of his classmates was fun, but Wardell especially enjoyed racing. He didn’t do any training to get ready for the day, but admitted he loves to run.
While the two first-place finishers did not practice for the race, many of the other runners did.
Chloee Clark and Tucker Giles won a ham donated by Ridley’s for placing second.
Kylie Hansen and Parker Sorensen won pies donated by Walmart for taking third. Ashlyn Noss and Zak Sargent also will be eating pies donated by Walmart for crossing the line in fourth place.
These kids, as well as their classmates, ran fast and hard as they made their way around the track.
While 10 children took home prizes, all of the participants should be commended for doing a wonderful job. The second graders had great sportsmanship, cheered from the sidelines and seemed to be thoroughly excited for their classmates as they came across the finish line, regardless of where they had placed.