Hundreds turn out for annual Newfound Turkey Trot
Runners took part in the 28th Newfound Turkey Trot, including Kathryn Steele, center, who was using the event to spread awareness about her disease, LAM. (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent)
The event draws a lot of people each year because it benefits the area's Santa Fund. Residents "earn their turkey dinners" by running in the 20-degree temperatures, said Fred McLane, founder of the event as the former owner of Newfound Grocery.
The store is now owned by Holly Emerson and Craig Hall, who also support the event.
By the end of the day Thursday, more than $6,500 had been raised by the runners, said Kathy Gickas of Hebron, a volunteer for the Santa Fund, which is the major beneficiary of funds raised from the run.
Steele was running to raise awareness of an often-fatal, destructive lung disease called lymphangioleiomyomatosis, or LAM.
"If nobody knows about the disease, how can we hope to find a cure for it?" she said.
To learn more about LAM, go to thelamfoundation.org.