Best Road Races
Best Road Races

YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot 8K

It boasts a huge field (12,280 finishers this year), is the oldest continually run road race in North America, and on Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., Nov. 27, Zachary Ahart and Elizabeth Paddock were the men’s and women’s winners at the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Turkey Trot 8K in Buffalo, N.Y.

Ahart, who’s 22 and lives in North Tonawanda, N.Y., won the men’s race in 24:30.

Jacob Krolick, 24, of Arcade, N.Y., was second in 24:57, and Cliff Nielson, 23, of Oak City, Utah finished third in 25:20.

Elizabeth Paddock, who’s 33 and lives in Missoula, Mont., was the women’s winner in 29:10.

Masters runner Melissa Senall, 42, of Fairport, N.Y., was the runner-up in 30:46, and Christine Sprehe, 26, of Amherst, N.Y., finished third in 31:05.

This historic race, which runs down Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, was first run in 1896. That means it’s five months older than the Boston Marathon, which was first held in April of 1897.

The only road race in North America older than these two is the Around the Bay Road Race in Hamilton, Ont., which was first run in 1894. However, the Around the Bay Race (19 miles) was not held during World War I or during a 10-year stretch from 1925 to 1935. Therefore, the Buffalo Turkey Trot is indeed the oldest continually run road race in North America.



This 8k course goes down Delaware Ave in Buffalo, NY.

2014 Race Winners · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Clock Time Name Age State/Country
Overall Male Winner 24:30 Zachary Ahart 22 North Tonawanda, NY
2nd Male Finisher 24:57 Jacob Krolick 24 Arcade, NY
3rd Male Finisher 25:20 Cliff Nielson 23 Oak City, UT
4th Male Finisher 25:26 Tim Caramore 33 Missoula, MT
5th Male Finisher 25:32 David Keenan 34 Tonawanda, NY
6th Male Finisher 25:54 Scott Anderson 23 West Falls, NY
7th Male Finisher 25:58 Jesse Mang 29 New York, NY
8th Male Finisher 26:07 Seth Yernye 29 Angola, NY
9th Male Finisher 26:48 Kevin Smith 29 Hamburg, NY
10th Male Finisher 26:33 Peter Francia 24 Bloomfield, NY
Overall Female Winner 29:10 Elizabeth Paddock 33 Missoula, MT
2nd Female Finisher 30:46 Melissa Senall 42 Fairport, NY
3rd Female Finisher 31:05 Christine Sprehe 26 Amherst, NY
4th Female Finisher 31:48 Gemma H. Murciano 36 Spain
5th Female Finisher 31:56 Amy Fakterowitz 46 Williamsville, NY
6th Female Finisher 32:07 Martha Snyder 35 Slingerlands, NY
7th Female Finisher 32:08 Esther Kendall 26 Buffalo, NY
8th Female Finisher 32:10 Laura Oliver Donnelly 27 Evanston, IL
9th Female Finisher 32:23 Martha Bartlett 30 Falls Church, VA
10th Female Finisher 32:27 Val Malia 27 Buffalo, NY

2014 Age-Group Winning Times · 2013 Results · 2012 Results · 2011 Results

Division Chip Time Name State/Country Age Age-Graded
1st Men 40-49 27:06 Jim Park Buffalo, NY 48 88.01
2nd Men 40-49 28:41 Gordon Bolles West Seneca, NY 40 78.21
3rd Men 40-49 28:59 Kevin Delaney Arlington, VA 46 81.02
1st Men 50-59 31:08 Bruce Haydon Williamsville, NY 50 77.84
2nd Men 50-59 31:09 John Willet Canada 53 79.72
3rd Men 50-59 31:40 Bob Giza Lancaster, PA 56 80.42
1st Men 60-69 30:54 John Clark Canada 63 87.59
2nd Men 60-69 32:32 Doc G. Rappole Bemus Point, NY 65 84.73
3rd Men 60-69 32:37 Ted Paget Niagara Falls, NY 62 82.27
1st Men 70+ 37:54 Larry A. Lavoie Canada 72 78.41
2nd Men 70+ 38:54 Jerry Bergman East Amherst, NY 72 76.39
1st Women 40-49 30:46 Melissa Senall Fairport, NY 42 81.96
2nd Women 40-49 31:56 Amy Fakterowitz Williamsville, NY 46 81.68
3rd Women 40-49 35:58 Tara Reimer East Aurora, NY 40 69.18
1st Women 50-59 35:48 Elizabeth A. Lowes Ellicottville, NY 50 76.21
2nd Women 50-59 37:19 Brigitte K. Soltiz Alden, NY 59 82.22
3rd Women 50-59 38:41 Marie Kuch Grand Island, NY 54 74.19
1st Women 60-69 39:10 Patricia Lyons East Amherst, NY 63 82.98

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At A Glance
Best Road Races
LocationBuffalo, NY
Race Distance8K
Race Date 2015November 26, 2015
  Race Date 2014  November 27, 2014
  Race Date 2013  November 28, 2013
  Race Date 2012  November 22, 2012
  Race Date 2011  November 24, 2011
Years Running119
Entrant Cap1,400
2014 Total Finishers12,280
Age Group Awards5 Year
Entry Fee25.00
Advance RegistrationOnline Registration
USATF Certified

Best Road Races Course Rating: Fast

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