by Rhonda Hufty
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Hannibal, MO – The 2010 HLGU Trojan Turkey Trek, held on Saturday, November 6 exceeded event coordinators expectations. The brisk morning air (32 degrees at race time) did not deter the over 125 runners and walkers who participated in the 6th annual “TTT” 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Fun Run on the campus of Hannibal-LaGrange University. Runners came from surrounding communities, Missouri (St. Louis and Kansas City), Illinois and Minnesota.
The “TTT” 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Fun Run are annual events sponsored by the missions department at HLGU. The 5K Run/Walk began at 8:30 a.m. on the grounds of the Mabee Sports Complex followed by the ½-mile fun run for kids. Overall winners Ryan Humphreys (18:38) and Samantha Brolaski (21:45) accepted the coveted and symbolic frozen turkey along with their first place plaque award. Overall alumni winner Karissa Walton (26:55), overall male master winner Jim Humphreys (23:42) and overall female master winner Martha Nall (26:58) won first place honors in their respective categories.
Marisa Brown-Ellison, HLGU alumna and coordinator for the annual event, was pleased with this year’s race. “The 5K run/walk is a wonderful way to get to know the college, its staff and the environment of the campus. While the run is competitive, all proceeds help in attaining the mission of the university, and we are very excited this many people, from all over the area, participate.”
The Trojan Turkey Trek is a fundraising event for the HLGU Missions Department. HLGU has been nationally recognized and awarded for the mission emphasis of the university. Students have opportunities each semester break (fall, Christmas, spring, and summer) to participate in missions or service projects locally, nationally, and internationally. The Trojan Turkey Trek will help to offset student fundraising endeavors.