Annual Turkey Trot 5K Held in Totowa with over 600 Participants

By Tina Pappas


Totowa held its third annual Turkey Trot 5K Challenge and 1 Mile Fun Run on Nov. 21. Pictured is Mark Monteyne, Recreation Director, speaking to participants at the start of the race.

The third annual Turkey Trot 5K Challenge and 1 Mile Fun Run was held on Nov. 21.  The race began at Campus Road and took runners and walkers through the borough where they enjoyed being outside on a brisk and sunny fall Sunday.  It was presented by the Totowa Board of Recreation, in conjunction with the Totowa Library Foundation.


According to Mark Monteyne, Recreation Director, over 600 plus racers came out to participate this year.


“It was so nice to see people in our surrounding areas and beyond taking advantage of some healthy, community fun,” said Monteyne. “Everyone who came out was exposed to a lot of energy going throughout the borough.”


Monteyne also added that “Patriot,” the official turkey of Totowa, was given an

Mark Monteyne, Recreation Director, along with Senator Kristin Corrado and Totowa Mayor John Coiro and are pictured with “Patriot,” the turkey who received a pardon at the third annual Turkey Trot 5K.

official pardon by Mayor John Coiro, Senator Kristin Corrado and Father Joey Mactal of St. James Roman Catholic.


“What better feeling is that on a beautiful Sunday morning?” he said. “And it’s wonderful to see our community so

involved and supported with our Mayor, Borough Council, police department, fire department, EMT, DPW and library pulling together as a team to bring events like this to reality!”


Monteyne wished to thank all of the community sponsors.


Local kids are pictured participating at the third annual Turkey Trot 5K Challenge and 1 Mile Fun Run in Totowa.

“A big shout out to those who supported the event, especially our main event sponsor Schumacher Chevrolet,” Monteyne noted. 


Gina Esposito Quinn, a Woodland Park resident who works as a teacher in Totowa, said she enjoyed participating this year.


“The weather was perfect and we all had a great time,” she said. “It really was a lot of fun and it felt so good to get out there. We really enjoyed it!”


The race results link, which includes video finishes, can be found at Totowa Live 5K & Virtual Challenges Results on








Photos courtesy of Mark Monteyne


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