Record low temperatures for the 6th annual Thanksgiving Day 5k

Runners brave the record low temperatures Thanksgiving morning. Photo provided.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The 6th annual Edgar May Thanksgiving Day 5k experienced record low temperatures for late November but welcomed a healthy turnout of participants braving the frigid morning in Springfield, Vt. About 110 of 149 registered participants followed the course starting and ending at Springfield Hospital. The top male finisher was Jacob Dowman of Waterbury, Vt. with a time of 18:54 and the top female finisher was Makayal Early who finished the 3.1-mile course in 22:35.

The annual event, organized by the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center, encourages families and friends to start off the holiday in an active and healthy way. Ada McNaughton, age 8, was recognized for being the fastest finisher in the youth-under-12 category. She finished the race in 29:36, only seven minutes behind her 14-year-old brother, Zed.

Race organizers also presented awards in other categories, such as coffee and a gas card to the individual or family that traveled the furthest to participate, this year Kira Kamrud traveled all the way from Whitefish, Mont. to participate.

The Edgar May Thanksgiving Day 5k is graciously sponsored by Springfield Medical Care Systems, ARC Mechanical Contractors Inc., Bibens Ace Hardware, Mascoma Bank, HB Energy Solutions, HCRS, Lawrence and Wheeler Inc., Muse and Associates Realty, and the Springfield Rotary Club and is made possible with the help of many community volunteers.

For more information about the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center or to get involved with the 2019 Thanksgiving Day 5k, please call 802-855-2568 or email

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