37th Annual Turkey Trot – Held in Bad Axe, MI.

The Pat Kellerman Memorial Turkey Trot was held on Saturday, November 18th, at the Bad Axe park and surrounding area.  The race started at 11:00 AM. The weather was warm and rainy for the runners and walkers.  The race is sponsored jointly by the Thumb Runabouts, Buckley Shoes and McDonald Spartan Store.   There were 52 total runners and walkers from many Michigan Areas.  The first place male runner was Alex Grifka, Ubly, MI.  His time was 16:16 for the 3.1 mile course.  The first place female runner was Cheryl Rayl, Caro, MI in 22:39.  The first place walker for the females Karla Hartz from Caseville, MI. in a time of 39:55. The first place walker for males Joe Evans from Ypsilanti, Mi. in a time of 36:10.The winners of each age group received a Turkey.  Second place got a pumpkin pie and third place received a 1/2 gallon of cider.  Two gift certificates for shoes one donated by Buckleys and the other by the Thumb Run Abouts were given away. One went to Abby Newland of Bad Axe and the other to Dave Sturgill of Bloominton, IL.  All of this is done to bring people to Bad Axe and to continue the tradition of the Thanksgiving Spirit which is a sign of freedom for our country. 


5K results

Males                                     Place  Time               Females                                 Place  Time

10 and Under
Nicholas Rayl                       16th     22:38               Keely Boyce                          50th     52:49
Brody Karg                            29th     26:49             
Braxton Boyce                      39th     31:23

Erik Kent                                8th        20:07              Kara Cummings                   23rd     24:49
Hugh Walker                         9th        20:30              Emma Kociba                       24th     24:56
Morgan Green                      11th     21:16
Austin Cummings                18th     23:32
Owen Kociba                        28th     26:39

Alex Grifka                            1st        16:16              Andrea Grifka                       20th     24:00
David Knarian                      2nd       17:28              Gabriella Beeler                   26th     26:00
Ethan Kent                            3rd        18:52              Abby Newland                      27th     26:27
Wil Hobkirk                           6th        19:55
Eli Buss                                 10th     20:51
Pablo Casnova                     12th     21:32
Andrew Smith                      13th     21:43

None                                                                          Jeana Schemansky            30th     26:58

Paul Santini                          7th        19:57              Angie Bruce                          33rd     29:17
Dave Sturgill                         25th     24:59              Leslie Puvalowski                38th     29:45
                                                                                    Ashley Kennedy                  41st      31:59
                                                                                    Abby Rochefort                    48th     46:02

Garrett Jurges                      4th        19:25              Cheryl Rayl                           17th     22:39
Justin Bruce                          5th        19:42              Megan Koslowski                34th     29:17
Jeff Bismack                         14th     21:46              Melodie Kociba                    47th     40:27
Mike Klosowski                    22nd     24:45
Brian Boyce                          49th     46:15

None                                                                          Karen Volk                            32nd     29:11
                                                                                    Sandi Smith                          35th     29:36
                                                                                    Karen Dabee                                    36th     29:42
                                                                                    Carol Schadd                       45th     37:50


None                                                                          Lisa McManaman                21st      24:29
                                                                                   Sue Peterson                       43rd     34:50

Steve Moelter                        15th     21:52              Cindy Tews                           19th     23:50
Ted Davenport                      37th     29:43              Loretta Kuhn                         42nd     34:18

Bernie Bishop                      31st      28:47              Pam Provost                         40th     31:54

Under 46
Male                                                                           Female
None                                                                          Samantha Hagel                  51st      58:37
                                                                                    Kayla McGuire                      52nd     58:39

46 and over
Joe Evan                               44th     36:10              Karla Hartz                            46th     39:55

2017 Turkey Trot Results

Thumb Run Abouts.