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2017 Turkey Trot

Put your bird in the oven & bring your family (visiting grandchildren) and friends to the


Run/Walk /Bike/Scooter/Other

Just Donate Canned Food and Socialize After the Trot


Start/End Location: 476 Woodcrest Drive

Arrival Time: 8:30 a.m.  Start Time:  9:00 a.m.

Turkey Trot: This is the outer loop of neighborhood.

Chicken Fun Run:  This is a small loop for those toddler turkeys or those who are not “game” for the trot.       

Admission: Food for the Central PA Food Bank (see back)

No Registration Necessary

Please Bring: canned food or monetary donations for the food bank, refreshment to share and your reusable water bottle to quench your thirst.


All Are Welcome:  Bring a friend.  Actually, bring many friends!


We have raised over 6,000 pounds of food and $9,000 for the food bank over the years.


We can continue to make a difference if you continue to participate and each year you get one more person/family to join us.


Not available on Thanksgiving? 🙁  You can still contribute!

Drop off food donations on the porch of 476 Woodcrest.


Shirt purchasing has passed, but you can still run with us!


Racers and Non-Racers please join us for refreshments & social afterward

Feel free to bring a delight or beverage to share.


Not a Racer? Volunteers & Spectators needed

Photographer, Set-up, Finish Line & Clean-up


Create Community

Our neighborhood thrives when every family organizes 1 neighborhood event or assists with at least 2-3 events & participates in many!


Most valuable non-perishable items for the PA Food Bank:

  • Canned tuna, meats and stews
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Packaged meals
  • Packaged pasta and rice
  • Canned and dried beans
  • Pure fruit and vegetable juices
  • Baby food, cereal and formula (must be within code date)

If you cannot make the race, we still would love your food contributions.

Drop off your food donations at 476 Woodcrest Drive.


This benefit is a way to truly be thankful this Thanksgiving and give back to the community!


For more information and/or to volunteer for the race, email Johanna, a neighborhood volunteer, at

476 Woodcrest Drive, Mech., PA 17050




Vicki Wilken is handling the shirts and family/corporate sponsors.

Amy Johns is handling the food sponsors.

Turkey Trot Followup

Sixth Annual Turkey Trot

We had our first cat, and it paid little attention to the fifty-so trotting dogs. This is the Meyer’s cat, and I want to steal it. Many of you know this cat from people’s “lost cat” FB posts. If it is ever really lost, please do not look in my house.

Total Runners- too many to count I did not do a formal registration this year, because it is a lot of work. I think we can do without registration, but NEXT YEAR I will have a tally board, so we know how many participants.

Most Food Donations we have ever collected: Quote from Chris Gray at the food bank:WOW!!! 1089 pounds, that is a haul!! You get 6 barrels next year!!!! Great neighborhood you have, you all have a great Holiday!!!” I had so many people who were heading out of town, dropping donations. Woo-hoo!! (Rosemary, I will bring my wheel barrow to your car next time.)

Total Monetary Donations: $2,126.85 This is wonderful. More neighbors donated than in the past, so a BIG thank you to all who donated. Food bank counts on our monetary donations for when food donations wane.

Top Times:

Chicken Fun Run:

8U: Kyra Wolf 9:25, Cooper Ackley 6:53

(K. Wolf-2 years, Ackley brothers keep the streak!)

Turkey Trot:

10 U: Libby Scherer (age 6) 24:55, Owen Schlager 16:47

11-14: Rachel Wood 16:27, Max Schlager 16:27

15-18: Sydney Young 15:45, Bennett Brown 12:15 (course record!)

Adult: Kylli Spotts 14:50, Kolin Knott 13:36 (Kolin you bettered your time by 39 seconds- wow!)

Seniors: Maggie Ackerman 20:00, Paul Carmichael 18:22

Best Dressed: Matthew Brown

Corporate Sponsorships:

Shannon’s Holcomb Chiropractic Center, Tim Bolden’s Gibson-Thomas Engineering-

Family Sponsorships:

Young, Schalles, Guelcher, Leal, Smith, Brown-Scherer, Hockenberry, Ryerson, Cline, Wolf, Strouss, Knott, Newton, Wilken, Dravk, Davey, Williams, Henry, Brown & Motter.

Generous Monetary Donations:

Siemon, Fehl, Cantor, 3 Scherers, Dravk, Brosious, Hiebert, Bolden, O’Neill, Erno, Schwalm, Logan, Hagg, Rothman, Eskin, Brown, Plus Generous Cash Donations and a Wegmans $25 gift card!

Great event sponsors:

Road ID, Filson Water/Bobby Rahal, Dunkin Donuts, Giant and Wegmans.

(If you did not get a Karns $5 off 35 coupon, please stop by anytime.)

The food bank cannot believe we are “just” a neighborhood coming together. For the record, we are not “just” a neighborhood. We are Good Hope Farms, one amazing neighborhood with incredible friends and families.

Good Hope Farms we can be proud of this! We are coming together for charity.

The event ran smoothly because of so many neighbors stepping up to help.

Wonderful event volunteers:

Advertiser: Amy Erno

T-shirts and Sponsors: Vicki Wilken

Grocery Store & Donut Sponsors: Amy Johns

Food Table: Rachael and Cindy Smith

Food Donations: Diane Navin and her lovely daughter

Event Item Donators: Titus, Guelcher, Ryerson, Meyer, Wilken

Fantastic Photographers: Valerie & Brooke Ryerson and Melanie Berra

Queen of Results: Liz Motter- I couldn’t do it without her.

Donut Pick-up: Karla Schmidt

Rock Wall for Annual Picture and Cat Provider for added fun: Meyers

FB Page: Jason Shugart

Front Sign Informer: Don Wood

Food and Race set-up and Clean-up: Dave, Maddie & Grace Brown-Scherer

This is Cart Strouss (8th from the left, front row), and he was sporting all the trot shirts layered from our first fluorescent to this year’s purple. Love him!!!

Turkey Trot

Have YOU emailed your friends and/or shared the FBpost?

We need everyone to help with advertising this event.

See you Thursday. If not able to join us, you can drop off food donations to 476 Woodcrest. Thanks for the anonymous bag of food left on porch. You are awesome.

6th Annual



Turkey Trot

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Benefit


Start/End Location: 476 Woodcrest Drive


Arrival Time: 8:30 a.m. Start Time: 9:00 a.m.

Turkey Trot: This is the outer loop of neighborhood.

Chicken Fun Run: This is a small loop for those toddler turkeys

or those who are not “game” for the trot.

Admission: Food or monetary donations for the food bank

No Registration Necessary

GHFCA Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot Tee Shirt Info! The link below will take you to the website to order tees- both long and short sleeve options this year!

Please consider donating $25 to become a family sponsor- your family name will be featured in the back of the shirt!

Own or represent a business? Contact Vicki Wilken() for corporate sponsor opportunities!

All orders must be placed by Monday, November 14th.




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