Nearly 1,600 runners finished the Evanston Flying Turkey 5K on Nov. 28 and contributed significant amounts of food and money to local charities in the process. Participants brought enough food to fill 40 boxes for the Harvest Food Pantry and also raised over $1,450 for the Harvest Food Pantry, Foundation 65 and Evanston Swims. 

In addition to impressive charitable contributions, runners also put forth remarkable times on a chilly Thanksgiving morning. The third annual race saw fast times for in both the men’s and women’s divisions, with Peter Callahan of Evanston taking first for the men in 16:30 and Diana Davis of Evanston winning the women’s race in 18:18.

“It felt like a cool day when you first walked outside, but it was perfect running weather for a 5K in November,” race director Jonathan Cain said. “Once you got moving, you warmed up quickly and that usually leads to fast times. People seemed to have a great time. We had a lot of families at the race. Many of those families even brought along their relatives from out of town and ran with them, so our race is just another way to enjoy Thanksgiving with your family members.” 

Full results from the race can be found at www.evanstonflying5k.com.