Annual Fenelon Falls Turkey Trot a big success 

By Lindsay Advocate

Participants in this year's Fenelon Falls Turkey Trot enjoyed ideal fall weather conditions with distance options of 1k, 5k and 10k.

The annual Fenelon Falls Turkey Trot was held on Saturday October 7 at Garnett Graham Park, and was a big success with 240 registrations this year – double that of last year. “The Turkey Trot provides an opportunity for local citizens to get out and get some exercise on the Thanksgiving weekend,” states race director Dave Robinson, a local cottager who took over the event in 2022.

Participants enjoyed ideal fall weather conditions with distance options of 1k, 5k and 10k. All participants received a souvenir T-shirt, finishers’ medal, lunch and massage courtesy of the Well Body Group. Gently used shoes were also collected by Bioped on race morning and repurposed to the less fortunate.

New race records were set in the boys 1k, female 5k and male 10k categories, and overall winners were as follows:

1k (Male)
Liam Russell, Oshawa: 4:01 (new record)

1k (Female)
Grace Donnelly, Toronto: 4:37

1k winners received a $50.00 gift certificate to Runners Life in Peterborough

5k (Male)
Jonathon Veens, Newmarket:19:06

5k (Female)
Kyla Farr, Lindsay: 19:46 (new record)

10k (Male)
Daniel Fournier, Toronto: 34:24 (new record)

10k (Female)
Diane Russel, Toronto: 41:27

5k winners received $200 cash and 10k winners got $300 cash for their efforts.

A new Champions Trophy was created to showcase all the winners past and present. Non-competitive awards included best volunteer (John McKinnon); best costume (Trent Goddard Pontruff); top fundraiser (Anita Sinhuber); and last finisher (Ruth Cornale). Full race results can be found here.

The Turkey Trot was also a fundraiser for the annual Fenelon Falls Santa Day event. A $2000 cheque was donated which was the largest donation in the seven- year history of the event.

The 2024 Turkey Trot is scheduled for Saturday Oct 5, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at Garnett Graham Park. Advance online registration opens in mid-November 2023, and more information can be found at

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