Fifteen minutes before the 2018 Donohue’s Turkey Trot was scheduled to begin, Bigelow Avenue was nearly deserted. As race time approached, however, hundreds of runners emerged from Donohue’s Bar & Grill for the Thanksgiving morning 5K on the streets of Watertown.
Despite temperatures in the low teens, 567 runners ran the 20th edition of the race. Many ran in duffle coats, others in head to toe furry costumes, and many had turkey headwear. One brave runner came out in shorts.
The 20th annual Turkey Trot raised money for the Watertown Boys & Girls Club.
John Donohue, owner of Donohue’s, warned runners to be safe in the frigid conditions.
A few hardy youngsters took part in the kids’ Turkey Trot, but it was cut down from a run around the block to a sprint down the street, Donohue said, because the weather was so cold.
The winner of the 2018 Turkey Trot was Ed Waller, who finished in a time of 17:07.
The fastest female runner was Haley Sutter, who completed the course in 19:03.
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After the race, participants enjoyed beer and wine donated for the event, as well as a breakfast spread.
See more photos from the 2018 Donohue’s Turkey Trot in the gallery below: