Like a postal carrier, not rain or cold or threat of snow was going to keep hundreds of Corban University students from attending this year’s Turkey Trot.
The long-time Corban tradition was filled with students and staff huddled together into a sea of polar parkas, fleece, hoodies, head warmers and more.
Some students braved the elements wearing fairy and swim costumes, dressed as Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” chainmail and one in a gruesome mask. One pair even re-created the bridge between Schimmel Hall and the hill and walked side by side. Regardless of the weather, it was all smiles as some walked the short course or braved Corban’s hills and slopes for the run.
“It was cold and my toe as are about to freeze off, but it was fun,” said sophomore Alethea Strauser who ran the course. “I’ve spent my whole life in Salem so I’m used to the cold so it wasn’t too hard to prepare.” Senior Alvin Chak was red in the face, teary-eyed from the cold and sweaty, but was elated that he finished.
“This was my third Turkey Trot and I just love it,” Chak said. “I like to get out and run and get prizes. I don’t mind running in the rain because I want to challenge myself. The walk would have been too easy.” Freshman Mandee Dees was bundled in a lime-green fleece blanket as she walked the course and admitted she was somewhat surprised that so many people braved the cold for the event, but said she enjoyed it.
“It was really fun and exciting,” she said. “I thought about going back to bed, but I figured it was better to trot as a community. It was fun to cheer for the runners as they went by.” Dressed in runners pants, a jean skirt, bundled sweatshirts and a cowboy hat, Director of Admissions Heidi Stowman kept the frigid crowd moving with a “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” style question game and plenty of antics. Although Corban’s Associated Student Body puts on the event, this was Stowman’s fifth year as event emcee and she was filled with energy despite the drizzle and cold.
“We have such great students who are excited to run and wear great costumes,” she said. “It was chillier than we are used to, but they were such good sports. You build on their enthusiasm. It makes my job pretty easy.”
To see a photo gallery of Turkey Trot 2010 photos, go to www.Corban.SmugMug.com