Cropsey runs to victory at Turkey Trot 5K

Patrick Cropsey (second from left) was the overall winner at the Ridgefield Boys & Girls Club's Turkey Trot 5K. With Cropsey are (left to right) Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Mike Flynn, race mascot Tom the Turkey, and second-place finisher Zack Schwartz.
Patrick Cropsey (far right) was the overall winner at the Ridgefield Boys & Girls Club’s Turkey Trot 5K. With Cropsey are (left to right) Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Mike Flynn, second-place finisher Zack Schwartz, and race mascot Tom the Turkey.

A pair of Ridgefielders were the top winners at the 37th Annual Ridgefield Boys & Girls Club Turkey Trot 5K last Thursday.

Patrick Cropsey, 18, was the overall winner in a time of 16 minutes, 12 seconds, and Jenna Gasparrini, 21, was the first female finisher (seventh overall) in a time of 18:27.

Eight hundred and seventy-nine runners completed the 3.1-mile race, which was run on Thanksgiving morning with temperatures in the low 20’s.

Running at a pace of 5:14 per mile, Cropsey cruised to the overall victory. Second-place finisher Zack Schwartz, 30, of Newtown was 40 seconds behind Cropsey in a time of 16:52.

Michael Espejo, 31, of Brighton, Mass., finished third in 17:57, followed by Gabe Altopp, 21, of Ridgefield and Lev Sandler, 18, of Wayland, Mass., who were fourth and fifth, respectively, in times of 18:12 and 18:23.

Gasparrini, who won the women’s division for the third straight year, was nearly a minute faster than Megan Keane, 25, of Darien, who was the second female finisher in a time of 19:16.

Male age-group winners were Steven Hergenrother of Ridgefield (12-under); Peter Genova (13-15); Sandler (16-18); Espejo (19-39); Joseph Brady of Brooklyn, N.Y. (40-49); Todd Henrich of South Salem, N.Y. (50-59); and Paul Schmidt of Ridgefield (60-99).

Female age-group winners were Emma Sherter of Ridgefield (12-under); Delaney Burns of Ridgefield (13-15); Kirsten Pastore of Ridgefield (16-18); Natalie Steinemann of New York, N.Y. (19-39); Amy May of Brooklyn, N.Y. (40-49); Kathy Smith of Ridgefield (50-59); and Anne Marie Annunziato of Ridgefield (60-99).

Notes: Gasparrini was the first female finisher at last year’s Turkey Trot with a time of 18:37. She also won the women’s division in 2016 with a time of 19:08.

The reigning male and overall champion, Ian Mickool of Ridgefield, did not compete this year.

The event serves as a fund-raiser for the Ridgefield Boys & Girls Club. Proceeds are used for programs at the club, which has been operating in Ridgefield since 1936. According to Executive Director Mike Flynn, the club has provided more than $125,000 in scholarships so far this year.

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