In a race to benefit UCSB’s rowing team, about 200 students and community members ran around campus and Isla Vista for the 30th Annual Turkey Trot.
UCSB Recreational Sports and the rowing team co-hosted the race, which began Saturday at 9 a.m. Participants had the opportunity to run in either a 5K or 10K race, which both started and ended at the Lagoon.
According to Intramural Sports Coordinator Marcus McMullen, this year’s event could prove as successful as last year’s race, which raised $1,600 after expenses for professional development for Rec Sports employees.
“This is one of our annual events and it’s amazing how much support we get from the larger community and the student community,” McMullen said. “We’re looking to do just as well this year if not better [than last year].”
Rowing team Fundraising Officer and fourth-year history major Sydney Heacox said while the Rec Sports staff typically organizes the race, the rowing crew did the bulk of the organization this year.
“We worked the whole entire summer to plan it,” Heacox said. “We were actually going to hold our own individual race, but we talked to Rec Sports and they agreed to let us co-host it instead.”
The course for the 5K race looped around the Lagoon and the Manzanita Village area, while the 10K runners went on to run down Del Playa Drive and around West Campus.
First place winners received an iPod Shuffle, with those coming in second earning a bag with a T-shirt and a scarf. The event also included a raffle with prizes such as gift certificates for local businesses, bags of Starbucks coffee and two iPhones.
Carl Legleiter, 29, was the first place winner for the men’s 10K race with a time of 35:00, while Rudy Martinez, 21, took the top spot in the 5K with a time of 18:13. Annie Toth, 27, and Erin McDaniel, 25, won the 10K and 5K women’s races, with times of 38:02 and 21:16, respectively.
Meanwhile, second-year global studies major Jenna Larson said she was satisfied simply with competing.
“I’m happy with whatever [time] I get,” Larson said. “It’s the first race I’ve ever run.”
Following the race, participants were treated to ice cream, bagels, energy drinks and pizza. Sponsors for this year’s event included McConnell’s Ice Cream, Woodstock’s and FRS energy drinks as well as Silvergreens, Sprint and Zingo Transportation.
According to the rowing team’s Head Coach Mike Holmes, some of the funds will also benefit the triathlon team for their assistance with the timing at the event’s start and finish line. Additionally, Holmes said this year’s event featured the largest number of volunteers ever.
“All the volunteers and the runners were great,” Holmes said. “The weather wasn’t so great, but they came out and ran anyway.”
UCSB Recreational Sports started the Turkey Trot in 1978. Participants include local community members, visitors and students, with fitness levels ranging from walkers to competitive runners.