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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Raises $32,000

The weather was cold, but the runners sizzled during Thanksgiving Day's 14th annual Virginia Run Turkey Trot 5K run and 2K walk. Jacob Frey, 21, of Oakton was the top male finisher with a time of 15:39; Laura Freix, 41, of Centreville's Sully Station community took top female honors, clocking in at 19:02.

The Virginia Run division was a sweep for the neighborhood's fleet-footed Fix family. Robert Fix, 19, captured first place with a time of 17:25, and brother Joseph, 17, came in second with an 18:23 mark. Their mother, Debra Fix, was the fastest Virginia Run woman, clocking a 23:17. In second place was 15-year-old Jacky Horstmann, daughter of Turkey Trot founder Laurie Horstmann.

"Everything went well — we had about 50 more people than last year," said event chairman Steve Boyles. "We ended up with a beautiful, sunny morning, and everybody enjoyed themselves."

Race proceeds go to Life with Cancer, Inova Health System's slate of programs for cancer patients and their families and caregivers. Last week's Turkey Trot was dedicated to Virginia Run's Bill Morrisette, who died of brain cancer, Sept. 6, at age 47, leaving a wife and five children.

Nearly 2,500 people registered for Turkey Trot — 1,782 runners and just under 700 walkers. Boyles said the event should raise some $32,000 for Life with Cancer. For more complete race results, see www.runwashington.com.

<tgl> — Bonnie Hobbs