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FRAMINGHAM – More than 1,000 runners and walkers registered for the sold out 27th Annual Framingham Turkey Classic 5L road race on Thanksgiving morning.

The race started at 8 a.m., and more than 800 walkers & runners finished.

The race supports Veterans Outreach Center MetroWest and other local charities, and is organized by the Framingham Firefighters Local 1652 and Framingham Police Association.

The winner was Matthew Zanchi, 33, of New Hampshire in 15.50.3 minutes. This was the first time the Natick native has won the Thanksgiving road race.

Finishing second was Providence College graduate and Framingham High alumni Andrew Harrod, 25. His time was 16:43 minutes.

Harrod’s sister, a WPI student, finished 8th overall for women. Her time was 22:20 minutes.

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Flyer Arnav Singh, 18, was third overall in 17:10.2 minutes.

The top female finisher was Katie Weisenburger, 29, in 19:33.2 minutes.

The second woman across the finish line was Joyce Zhou, 27, in 20:10.4 minutes. Jodie Conway was third in 20:23 minutes.

Former Framingham High cross-country coach Phyllis Lowry was the fourth woman across the finish line in 21:58.6 minutes.

Mayor Charlie Sisitsky and First lady Robin Kaye came to cheer on the runners, including several family members. The mayor’s son Adam, 51, finished 22nd overall in 20.12 minutes. he finished first in his division.

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City Councilor George P. King Jr. ran the race and finished in 32.25 minutes.

Framingham Housing Authority Director Paul Landers ran the race, as did Team Framingham founder Michael Bower.

School Committee Chair Priscila Sousa walked the 5K yesterday and finished in 54.55 minutes.

Framingham High senior Sam Burgess did not run the race, as he is preparing for the regional cross-country championships.

Sam and his older brother Ben instead chaired on their mom Lisa and sisters Abby and Maddie in yesterday’s race.

Lisa, 53, finished in 26:10 minutes and 187th overall.

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Total Entries1071
Total Males498
Percent Males46.50%
Total Females573
Percent Females53.50%
Total Finishers839
Average Age39

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.