Ninety-five students and parents from Lincolnwood School turned out on Nov. 20, one of the last fine days of autumn, for the first Lincolnwood Turkey Trot Prediction Run to benefit Connections for the Homeless. Instead of beating the clock, each participant was required to predict how long it would take to complete the two-and-a-half-mile course. Prizes were awarded for those finishing closest to their predicted times. Student winners were Katy Finneran, first place; Elizabeth Mendelson, second; and Charlie Gruner, third.

Adult winners were Paul Williams, first place; Tony Cinnamon, second; and Sheryl Bartol, third. Lincolnwood parent volunteers registered runners, marked the route and handed out refreshments. Debora Clark, a crossing guard from Washington School, who recently faced homelessness herself, was on hand with a cheery smile to guide runners safely across streets.

Proceeds totaling $500 in cash and donations of food: 300 canned goods, other non-perishable food items and fresh produce were donated to Connections for the Homeless. Runners Edge, Inc. donated t-shirts and Paul Dain of Kelloggs provided Nutri-Grain cereal bars.

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