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Running for the pies on turkey day

Kayden Layman
Junior Kayden Layman and her family after finishing the race and each earning a pie and a medal.

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The annual Run for the Pies, a Thanksgiving tradition, was a success once again. This four-mile race, which took place on Nov.23, started in Centennial Park and ran through the neighborhoods of Tequesta, including Tequesta Country Club.

Presented by Palm Beach Roadrunners, the cost of the race ranged from $30 to $45, depending on age, residency and date of registration.

Along with the runners and volunteers, Jupiter High’s Key club played a major role in setting up the race. They not only ran the course but also set up water tables and helped with registration. They also distributed t-shirts, medals and, of course, the pies.

“Key club has been involved for at least five years, maybe longer,” said HS Key Club sponsor Michael Hammett. “[I love that] my Key Club students are willing to spend time away from their families and help make this tradition a success year after year on Thanksgiving Day.”

JHS students, and even some teachers, participate in the race every year.

“My dad and I run it every year, and it’s been a tradition ever since I was little,” said junior Kayden Layman.

After the race, the first 1,700 finishers earned either an apple or pumpkin pie, and everyone who finished received a medal. Winning a pie was big motivator to push hard and finish first.

“My favorite part is finishing and being able to receive an apple or pumpkin pie,” said Layman.

As the tradition continues, event-holders hope future generations keep running as a way to celebrate Thanksgiving and have a unique family experience.

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