Seasonal run a tradition in Vicenza community
December 4, 2013
VICENZA, Italy -- Despite inclement weather, Vicenza Military Community Soldiers, families and Italian friends ventured out to nearby Lago di Fimon Saturday to the walk and run the third annual Turkey Trot Nov. 23.
About 80 participants enjoyed the outing, a 4-kilometer fun run that led the runners around the circumference of the charming little lake just south of Vicenza.
USAG Vicenza Commander Col. Robert Menist was on hand to present prizes to winners in various categories.
Among the male adults, Justin McNeil finished first with a time of 13:58. Cristiano Spiller and Manuel Barbieri finished second and third with a time of 14:35.
Among the adult women, Jennifer Engle took top honors, crossing the finish line in 18:39. Cristina Baggio was second at 20:04 and Arianna Pasini finished third with a time of 20:45.
Edwin Maldonado and Matthew Salo were the swiftest among the male youth with times of 17:30 and 18:19 respectively, and Ashley Frank at 18:33, Cece McKenzie at 22:38 and Sara Huggins 25:00 led the female youth participants.
After an awards ceremony, a random drawing resulted in a number of runners, Italian and American, trotting home with a gift turkey for their holiday feasts.