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Annual Turkey Trot Benefits COA Cares

Elizabeth City — Fifty College of The Albemarle (COA) students and staff braved unseasonably cold temperatures to take part in the college’s annual Turkey Trot Fun Run on Wednesday, Nov. 13. This year’s one mile run/jog/walk benefited COA Cares, an initiative introduced in August that provides support and resources to help ensure success for COA students.

Participants were encouraged to bring a donation of nonperishable food items for the COA Cares’ on-site food pantry, and a pair of new socks for the Sock Hop: Socks for the Homeless drive. Upon completion of the run, a drawing was held for four participants to win a frozen turkey. Raffle winners were Jessica Bradshaw, Marcella Davis, Alan Modlin and Joe Tannahill. COA student, Kyle Ross, was the first place finisher in the mile run with a time of 6:06.

Charles “Murph” Byrne, associate professor of health/wellness and physical education, coordinates the run each year. “This is a fun event at COA that gives everyone a chance to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and be active. One of the best things about this run is the opportunity to provide resources for our students as well as members of the community. It is also an occasion where everyone can come together and consider all there is to be thankful for with the approaching holiday season.”

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