PICTURES: Runners brave the cooler weather for Springfield’s Turkey Trot

Published: Nov. 24, 2022 at 11:21 AM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Edited News Release/KY3) - Runners took to the streets on Thanksgiving morning for Springfield’s annual Turkey Trot.

The 28th annual 5K Run/Walk included 4,437 registered participants. The first in-person Turkey Trot in two years took place despite wet conditions, although the rain cleared in time for the race. As expected, registration was down from the pre-pandemic average of about 7,000.

The annual event is Springfield’s largest timed 5K race and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, with proceeds benefiting Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund. The event also serves as one of the largest one-day food drives of the year for Ozarks Food Harvest.

Award winners were:

Overall Female: Rebecca Senn, age 31, at 18:55. Senn was also the Overall Female winner in 2019 (19:37) and 2017 (18:49).

Overall Male: Daniel Anderson, age 28, of Washington DC, at 15:18.

Masters (40+) Female: Kristen Hall, age 41, at 21:20.

Masters (40+) Male: Toby Dogwiler, age 48, at 17:22. Dogwiler was also the Masters Male winner in 2019 (18:09).

Grand Masters (60+) Female: Liz Kyger, age 63, at 23:07. Kyger also won Masters Female in 2016 (21:05) and 2014 (21:07).

Grand Masters (60+) Male: Eric Sells, age 61, at 21:51.

Race results, including age division winners, are posted at

Contests for Best dressed individual, best-dressed group, cutest dog, and largest family/group take place at To enter, post photos under each contest category on Facebook. The best/cutest winners will be determined by total interactions. The largest family/group will be determined by the photo with the most people participating in the race.

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