By Rick Palsgrove
Thanksgiving and fitness go together in Groveport.
About 60 runners took part in the second annual Eye on the Pie Turkey Trot 5K held on Thanksgiving Day in Groveport Park.
“Everyone received a t-shirt and a whole pie,” said Groveport Recreation Center Fitness Coordinator Kelly Carter. “They could choose either an apple or pumpkin pie.”
Carter said the recreation staff wanted a fun theme for a 5K and came up with the idea of giving away pies.
“People like it,” said Carter. “But you have to run first to get your pie!”
A portion of the proceeds from the 5K benefit the Groveport Madison Athletic Department.
The winner of the men’s division in this year’s race was Robert Moore, 58, of Groveport with a time of 21:14.
“It’s a good course and good for spectators,” said Moore of the 5K’s three loops around Groveport Park.
Moore said he has been a runner since 1975 when he ran cross country and track in high school where he was a state champion in Michigan in the mile run and two mile run. He was also a four time All-American runner in college at Cedarville.
Moore estimated that since 1977 he has run 98,000 miles.
Andria Parrott, 41, of Pickerington won the women’s division of the race with a time of around 26 minutes.
“It’s a lovely course,” said Parrott, who said she used to live in Groveport.
She said she has been a runner for 30 years and does it for fun and wanted to participate in the Eye on the Pie Turkey Trot 5K because it helps provides funding for Groveport Madison athletics.
“I support anything that helps keep kids in athletics,” said Parrott.