Rain does not deter Turkey Trotters

Cold and rainy weather on Thursday morning did not discourage area residents from participating in this year's Turkey Trot, a 5K (3.1-mile) walk/run that has been held annually by the Schlimm family for the past six years. Proceeds from the event benefit the Prostate Urologic Program at UPMC. The event begins and ends at the home of Andy and Pam Schlimm, located along the corner of Earth and Light roads in St. Marys. Participants make their way down Earth Road, along the Million Dollar Highway to the entrance of the St. Marys Area High School, through the various levels of the school's parking lot, and then return to the Schlimms' home. Walkers participating in the event started at 9 a.m., while the runners got underway at 10 a.m. According to event coordinator Nikki Kashner, 106 people pre-registered for the event, although the rainy conditions ultimately deterred some of the registrants from participating. "This is by far the worst weather in five years," Kashner said. "In 2005, it was a blizzard, and it's a lot easier to run in snow that it is in pouring-down rain."Kashner estimated that about 25 people walked in the Turkey Trot, while about twice that many ran. For more on this story see the Nov. 26 edition of The Daily Press.