SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- There is no such thing as a bad turkey on the fourth Thursday of November in Saratoga Springs. Sometimes it is colder than others, sometimes it is slower, but each year a few thousand people line up for a piece of the annual Christopher Dailey 5k Turkey Trot.

This year the more than 3,000 finishers were welcomed with some of the best running weather in memory to the event and were treated to Saratoga Springs runners, basting the course that starts and ends on North Broadway in top times.

Saratoga Springs graduate Shea Weilbaker ran a blistering time of 15 minutes, 24 seconds on the 5k (3.2 mile course) as part of her return home for the holiday.

“I just came out for the NCAA National (Regional) Championships (Buffalo), today just came out here to have fun,” the Georgetown University freshman runner said. “I've always wanted to run it, but because we always had high school meets after (Thanksgiving), we just take it easy. It was great to just come out and have some fun in Saratoga.”

The annual event is a fundraiser for the Christopher Daily Foundation and this year, proceeds will support five local organizations that support local children.

Weilbaker is more than familiar with the cause and event.

“We used to be neighbors with the Dailey's so we know them quite well, so it was great to run in their race,” Weilbaker said. “It's so awesome, the Firecracker 4 (4-mile race July 4), this race, just run on the roads of Saratoga.

Travis Briggs from Rochester was second to Weilbaker in 15:58 followed by Clifton Park’s Jack Vite in 16:21.

There wasn’t much drama regarding if top local female runner Dana Bush would once again claim the other turkey leg for her efforts on Thanksgiving morning, finishing 11th overall and as the top female runner in 17:55.

“I was happy, this is just a family tradition to come out here and run, all my family runs it every year, so it's more of that than a serious race,” Dana Bush said. “I try to run hard, it was a great day for running, a lot warmer than easier.”

Just as her winning was a tradition, so was her duties to check on the rest of the Bush family at the finish line.

“(Bush’s children), they're beyond me now, they have a big race in two days (Nike Cross National East Regional) with their team, so they just ran for fun.”

Bush will be a spectator once again at Bowdowin Park in Wappingers Falls, the same venue the Saratoga Springs High School cross country team captured the New York State Federation title last weekend.

As the first finisher to cross the line, Weilbaker was the spokesperson for the remaining 3,000 runners Thursday morning as for his and their future plans.

“It's great. It's a special event for everyone in Saratoga, going to have some turkey after this,” Weilbaker said.

Complete Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot 5k results are available at

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