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Runners prepare for annual Trot Thru the Terrace

TEMPLE TERRACE — It’s often said, “What goes around comes around.”

Cheri Donohue, chairwoman of Saturday’s second annual Trot Thru the Terrace, is a person who can attest to that adage, albeit in an altered fashion.

Her responsibility in this year’s event is similar to that of the 1980s, when she oversaw the annual Temple Terrace Road Race. The race itself was founded in 1977 by the late Jim Falsone, a longtime resident of the city and an avid sports enthusiast.

“I attended that first race and watched as my husband (a retired educator) earned the title ‘fastest professor,’” Donohue said.

There’s also a parallel in the routes of both races – a course that takes runners through many tree-lined streets inside the historic golf course community.

But that’s pretty much where the resemblance ends.

Unlike the now defunct 7.8-mile race in which almost anyone who crossed the finish line was a prize winner, the Trot Thru the Terrace race is USA Track & Field-certified and participants’ awards are based solely on their finish times.

“Running, like any other sport, has really come a long way,” Donohue said.

Trot 5K and 10K runners will be divided into age categories, both male and female, from which the top three winners in each will receive either trophies or medallions.

In addition, there will be a one-mile fun run meant to draw mainly young parents and their children, strollers and all.

The registration fee for the 5K and 10K is $30 and $10 for the fun run.

Participants may pre-register from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 at Gaspar’s Patio Bar & Grill – the Trot’s title sponsor – at 8448 N. 56th St. in Temple Terrace during a pre-event pasta party. It is compliments of Gaspar’s owner, Jimmy Ciaccio.

“Temple Terrace is my home and I love helping people in my hometown,” Ciaccio said.

Runners who have already signed on also are welcome stop by, enjoy dinner and pick up their race day T-shirts and goodie bags.

Those unable to attend the pasta party can pre-register by logging onto www.active.com and typing in keywords, “trot thru terrace.”

Want-to-be participants also have one additional option: they may sign up on race day beginning at 6:45 a.m. at Riverhills Park, 405 S. Riverhills Drive, where the event will begin and end.

The 5K and 10K races start at 8 a.m., followed by the fun run at 8:15 a.m.

All proceeds from the second annual event will benefit the charitable work of the Temple Terrace Junior Woman’s Club.

Anita Long, president of the women’s group, took part in last year’s race and plans to be among the runners again this year.

“It’s a beautiful time of the year in a perfect setting for a run and it benefits me fitness-wise,” she said. “Plus, it helps our club give back to the community in so many wonderful ways.”

Marathon runner Sandi Lake, a South Tampa resident with roots to Temple Terrace, is the event’s USATF-sanctioned consultant.

“We’re excited because we’ve already almost doubled our numbers this year,” she said. “Obviously people liked what they saw last year.”

Contact Donohue at [email protected] or (813) 230-3389 for more information.

Joyce McKenzie can be reached at [email protected]

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