The Times Leader

NOVEMBER 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Tradition Grows in Morristown

The Thompsons paused for a family photo before the start of the 2015 Turkey Trot in Morristown.MORRISTOWN – This small, welcoming community has only 300 residents, which makes it that much more surprising that its annual Turkey Trot drew such a large crowd on Thursday morning.

The 5K run/walk features a challenging course that draws participants of all age groups, from infants to senior citizens, and ends with everyone gathering in the street to socialize and give thanks.

The race is organized each year by former resident, Ashley Rataiczak Davis of Cambridge, Ohio, who wanted to participate in a race on Thanksgiving morning. For the last four years she has organized this fun run, which has grown from a little more than a dozen people in 2012 to more than 100 participants this year.

“This race has become such a great way to start the Thanksgiving holiday, and we all look forward to it every year,” Davis said. “It’s a great Morristown tradition.”

Placing first this year was Matt Bateman, an eighth-grader at Union Local Middle School. The last one to finish was 2-year old Lennon Starr of Barnesville, who crossed the finish line to the loudest applause. She was accompanied by her mother, Lindsey.

“There are no fees associated with the race because we just want people to enjoy the tradition and make memories with their friends, neighbors and family,” Davis said.

Morristown was platted in 1801 by Jonathan Zane and William Chapline. A “pike town,” the village saw frequent travelers and a good deal of commerce during the fist half of the 19th century. Today, U.S. 40 passes along the outskirts of the community and old National Road serves as its Main Street.

 

 

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