Wild Turkey Thank you!!

Another Successful Wild Turkey Run!

On a rather cool but perfect morning in Salem, nearly 2000 runners, volunteers and spectators took to the streets of Salem to start their holiday participating in the 14th Annual Wild Turkey 5-Mile Run!


On behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, thank you to our participants for joining us for our 14th year. Your generosity and support of this annual event benefits youth programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, and for that we are truly thankful.


This year’s Wild Turkey Run was the largest in its’ 14 year history and remains one of the largest races on the North Shore. We have added over 1900 additional runners since our inception in 2004! With this continued climb, this event has become a great holiday tradition both for locals and visiting family members.


Some interesting statistics from this year’s Wild Turkey 5-Mile Run:


  • For the 10th year in a row, women runners outnumbered men, 58.50% to 41.50%.
  • Runner ages ranged from 7 years old to 72 years old!
  • A winning time of 26:00 was turned in by the first place finisher, Marcelo Roche from Peabody.
  • The female winner was Katelyn Kiel from Boston, in a  time of  30:34.
  • Competitors joined us from across the country, representing 31 states including Alabama, West Virginia, California, Virginia, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire,  Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Utah and Washington.

This great event could not be possible without the support of our community sponsors. Major sponsors include: New England Running Company, Brooks Sports Co., Ernst & Young, Herrick-Lutts Realty Partners, Planet Fitness, Marblehead Savings Bank, Van Loan School at Endicott College, Moriarty Shay & Associates, George Koutsos Cross Country Mortgage, Danversport Marina, Avalanche Outdoor Supply Company, Align Credit Union, Butterworth & O’Toole Inc., EBSCO, Dunkin Donuts and Perry & Perry Attorneys at Law. Additional race sponsors and donors include: Leland Hussey Builder/Contractor, Tides Restaurant, Johnson & O’Connor, North Shore Bank, The McDonough Family, Waters & Brown, Boston Herald, Salem Moose Family Center, Kaloutas Painting, A&A Services, John J. Walsh Insurance, Serafini, Darling & Correnti, Dr. Pat Curtin, JEOL USA,  Bryant Family, Notch Brewing Company, The Guilmartin Team, Mendez Contractor, DeIulis Properties, Highland Dental Group, Monadnock Mountain Spring Water, Cataldo Ambulance and StephenOGrady.com.
Special gratitude to the many volunteers who donated their Thanksgiving morning to help out at the race: Tom O’Shea, Beth O’Grady, Kelly Pheulpin, Shari Hewson, Ana Gordan, Suzanne Clement, Amy Walsh, Ellen Talkowsky, Ilene Simons, Deb Riggins, Mara Mendelsohn,Lisa Golden, Amy Rein, Evie Oquendo,  Sabrina Garcelon, Isiah Simmons, Ed Zielinski, Maureen Fisher, Grace and Josenny Duran, Elvis Alvarez, Greg and Cassie Richard, Lauren Gabel, Joanne Scott, Estella Moriarty, Tomo Ito, Peter Graves, Natalie, Max  and Erik Thelen, Don and Ryan Gallucci, Victor Paulino, Dottie Tracy, Paul Lyman, Ben Hartley, Tom St. Pierre, Billy Beauregard, Chris Barnes, T.R.  Ramsdell, Kerry Phelan, Paul Cranney, John Landry, Troop 83 Boys Scouts from Salem and the great cheering group from the Willows neighborhood.

Special thanks to the Salem Police for controlling the traffic during the race to keep the runners safe, and to the many Salem residents along the route who cheered our runners on!


For those of you inspired to run in a new race series in 2018, keep a lookout on Facebook at the sites: North Shore Road Race Guide and salemroadraces.com for a new road race series which will be announced in the near future or email dougbollen12@yahoo.com for further details.

Again, thank you everyone for making this another successful Thanksgiving event!


Doug Bollen

Wild Turkey Race Director

Chief of Operations

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem



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