[alert type=”info”]Since publishing this article it has come to our attention that the actual female 5K course record holder is Christine Bergeron (Merrill), who, in 1983, ran the 5k in 16:03. We have updated our course records page and apologize for the error. [/alert]
Elizabeth Maloy Takes Aim at Breaking Cheri Goddard Kenah’s ‘96 Winning Time of 16:27
TROY, NY (November 20, 2013) — For the past 17 years, Cheri Goddard’s 5K open record of 16:27 has stood the test of time at the Troy Turkey Trot — the nation’s 12th oldest road race and the 64th oldest road race in the world.
That may all change Thanksgiving morning, if all goes to plan for four-time Trot 5K champion Elizabeth Maloy.
Maloy, 27, a former four-time Division I All-American at Georgetown University, who last won the event in 2009, has signaled her intention to go after Saratoga native Cheri Goddard Kenah’s longstanding record from 1996.
“I’m going to do my best to break that longtime mark,” said the Loudonville native, who finished 7th (15:24.85) in the women’s 5000m final at last year’s Olympic Track and Field Trials, narrowly missing out on an opportunity to represent the United States in London.
“Liz is a great local athlete who has been running strongly as of late,” added Event Director George Regan. “She finished 19th (41:33) at last weekend’s U.S.A. 12K Road Racing Championships (Dot US National Road Racing Championships) in Alexandria, VA and feels confident enough to make a prediction that she can set a new 5K course record. That’s a huge statement because the Trot’s current record is held by Kenah, a world-class runner who won the 1999 Freihofer’s Run for Women in dramatic fashion.
“I’m excited at the prospect of a new record holder,” continued Regan, who expects a record field of more than 9,000 participants to take part in the 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk. “The crowd is in for a real treat Thanksgiving morning when she — and more than 5,000 other runners from 33 states — take to the historic streets of Troy to contest this venerable road race.”
Registration for all four events closes at midnight Monday (11/25) at troyturkeytrot.com. There is no day-of-event registration. Two packet pick up sessions will be held at the Troy Atrium (4 Third Street): Sunday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Weds., Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
While registering online, all participants are encouraged to make a donation to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, this year’s “regional” charity and/or the CYO Center, this year’s “local” charity. All spectators and participants are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the Troy Atrium to give to the local food pantry.
Ample free event parking is available on race day at a number of Front and River Street parking lots. A comprehensive map of Troy parking lots can be found at: http://troyny.gov/Departments/Parking.aspx.
Participants planning to travel to the event via the Green Island Bridge on event day should note that the Green Island Bridge will close by 7:45 a.m.
Sponsors include: SportsSignUp, Pioneer Bank, Hannaford Supermarkets, Wm. J. Fagan & Sons, CDPHP, Garelick Farms, DeCrescente Distributing Company, Bryce Real Estate, Capital District Honda Dealers Association, and Caprara’s Auto Body Shop. Media partners include: WNYT-13, The Record, Lang Media, B95.5 fm, FLY 92.3 and JAMZ 96.3.
For more information or to register, visitwww.TroyTurkeyTrot.com. Additional information is also available by calling (518) 273-5552.