Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 7 : Winter 2011 - Page 25

the names of past winners, and compare their own race times year after year. - Race participants receive a long-sleeve Turkey Trot t-shirt. The first year, 40 shirts were ordered and there were 22 runners. As the years have gone by, the number of runners (and now walkers) has varied. In 2010, the traditional t-shirts were given out to the first 60 registrants. - The registration fee has remained at $10 for many years, helping to defray race expenses. - Race participants are treated to Turkey Topped Cheese Pizza prepared all 25 years by Reno’s Family Restaurant in Caribou. (Reno’s in fact added Item #16 Turkey Toppings, to their pizza menu in honor of the Turkey Trot Pizza). - Rod Brewer Designs of Presque Isle has screen printed the Turkey Trot t-shirts for all 25 years, noting that the race logo has been their longest standing design without any changes, (except for this past year.) - Race winners, (there are five male and female divisions, including a walkers division), all receive carved turkey silhouette winners plaques. - Throughout the 25-year race history racers have braved the Northern Maine weather in temperatures ranging from below zero with the wind-chill factor to 52 degrees one year. Dr. Harrigan modestly says that the race “practically runs itself,” but for those of us who have some experience organizing special events, you know that a lot of work has to happen behind the scenes to make any event come together and run smoothly. And, when Tom Turkey and Chef Libby have gone home, the last bite of Turkey Topped Pizza has been gobbled down, and the race is over for another year, another Harrigan tradition takes Award Winning Healthcare AVATA R I N T E R N A T I O N A L Winners of the Prestigious Avatar Award 2006 - 2009 Exceeding Patient Expectations CaryMedicalCenter.Org 1-800-858-2279