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2016 Walnut Turkey Day Dash sets new record for its participants

The 2016 edition of the Walnut Turkey Day Dash set a new record for its registrants.



According to Walnut Elementary School principal Allison Anderson Harder, 788 people signed up to be a part of the 5K. In addition to the 5K, people can also dress up in fun costumes for the event.


Harder elaborates on the unique costumes she witnessed for the contest.


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People who dressed up as the Harlem Globetrotters won for best costume. The best overall time was Asher Delmont, who ran the 5K in slightly over 16 minutes and 30 seconds.


This is the sixth annual 5K. The Walnut Turkey Day Dash is a fundraiser towards the elementary school, and Walnut Elementary committee member Melissa Sears says the proceeds go towards the Walnut Parent-Teacher Organization.


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Proceeds from previous Turkey Day Dashes have gone towards Elmo projectors and Chromebooks in the Walnut Elementary School classrooms.


The Turkey Day Dash had 14 different age categories: seven for men and seven for the females. The age divisions were 9-and-under, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50-and-above.


This year's total participants surpasses last year's totals by slightly over 160 runners. For more information on the 2016 Walnut Turkey Day Dash, contact principal Allison Harder at 620-341-2288.

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