BARTON â€“ More than 300 participants braved frigid temperatures Thursday morning to take part in the annual Turkey Trot, a 5K run/walk to benefit the 98-Mile Foundation.
In all 136 walkers and 197 runners took part. This year was the first time ever it had more runners than walkers.
Robin and Gail Robitaille started the event 12 years ago to benefit Melissa â€śMissyâ€ť White who suffered from cystic fibrosis. Whiteâ€™s mother, Kathy White, explained Thursday morning that back then her daughter needed a double lung transplant.
White said that Missy would be pleased that the event continues to live on.
â€śMelissa was very community-minded, she loved bringing people together and thatâ€™s exactly what this event does,â€ť said White. She spoke highly of the Robitaille family, who put a lot of time and effort on organizing the event. White said Missy and the Robitaillesâ€™ son, Chris, were good friends throughout high school. â€śThis money has helped several families already and many of them are from this area.â€ť
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