Cody Stafford

Though Thanksgiving has come and gone, the spirit of the day was on display at the Meals on Wheels Turkey Trot 5K run/walk on Saturday.

Meals on Wheels Chairman Rob Imparato donned a turkey suit for the event, though most runners opted for more traditional running gear to set off on the run, which began and ended at the Holiday Inn Resort.

This is the first year Meals on Wheels has held the run, which the charity hopes will become an annual event.

First to cross the line in the men’s division was local Carifta medalist Dominic Dyer, finishing in 17 minutes and 5 seconds. Second and third place winners were Will Edwards and Victor Magalhaes, respectively.

In the women’s division, Kiara McLaughlin easily outpaced her competitors to claim a comfortable victory in 22 minutes, 16 seconds. Gill Comins and Lisa Kehoe took second and third place.

Beulah McField, executive director of Meals on Wheels, said the money raised from the event would be used to help set up a new kitchen in West Bay.

The charity delivers meals to elderly and home-bound people throughout the districts.

Other upcoming fundraising events for Meals on Wheels include its coin-drive initiative in February, when volunteers will be stationed at grocery and hardware stores across the island collecting public donations, and its annual gala in April 2017.