Cooper Farms to hold 11th annual Turkey Trot 5K in St. Henry


ST. HENRY — Cooper Farms will host the 11th annual Turkey Trot 5K run/walk on Saturday.

Proceeds will benefit State of the Heart Hospice. The 5K begins at 10 a.m. with registration beginning promptly at 9 a.m.

Cooper Farms has partnered with State of the Heart Hospice since the inaugural event in 2007, and the relationship has proven to be a strong one as $23,000 has been raised through the 5K since it began.

“State of the Heart has been a phenomenal organization to work with. Unfortunately, many people have been touched by them at some point because of a family member or a loved one needing hospice care,” said Susie Fortkamp, coordinator of the Turkey Trot.

“It’s been a worthy cause and they do a great job of working with us,” Fortkamp continued. “They always provide several volunteers and really help us to put on a great event.”

The flat 3.1 mile course will start and finish at Cooper Farms Processing in St. Henry with splits at each mile. Water will be provided on the course with chip timing being provided by Speedy Feet.

The race will be split into age groups of 9 and younger, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 and 60 and older. Awards will be given to the top three in each age group and top overall male and female.

Also at the event will be a benefit to support Scarlett Unrast, who will be turning 2 years old next month. Scarlett was recently diagnosed with stage four Neuroblastoma and has begun chemotherapy treatments. T-shirts, wristbands and hats will be available for purchase to help the family with medical costs as well as games, raffles and more.

Pre-registration can be done by visiting www.speedy-feet.com. Options with and without a shirt are available. Water and refreshments, including turkey sandwiches, will be provided to all participants. Door prizes also will be raffled off throughout the event.

For more information, visit www.cooperfarms.com or contact Susie Fortkamp by phone at 419-375-4116 or by emailing susief@cooperfarms.com.