CANTON, Dec. 2 – In five years, the O’Briley 5K Turkey Trot, the 3.1-mile Thanksgiving morning road race in Canton, raised more than $21,000 for several charities — the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Canton Food Bank and an organization to fight Parkinson’s disease.
This year, the race will make a donation of $18,300 to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The race raised $9,150 and that will be matched by the employer of race co-organizer Colin O’Brien, who works for Bristol Myers Squibb.
“We couldn’t be happier with donations for charity that keep increasing (each year),” O’Brien said. O’Brien and Michael Riley founded and organize the yearly race.
This year, the race attracted more than 500 runners, a new record. Bristol’s Spencer Johnson, a senior at Marist College, won the race in record time while 13-year-old Storrie Kulynch-Irvin of Annapolis, Maryland won the women’s race – also in record time.