Nina Eiler came up to the registration table the day before the GraceWorks’ Turkey Trot 5K race Thanksgiving morning.
She was waving a race bib label and said she had a problem.
The label was for her grandmother, Betty Brownlee, whose 90th birthday was the weekend before. But the label said Brownlee was 89.
“She really wants to have 90 on her label. This is her first 5K, and she wants credit for doing it at 90 years old,” Eiler said.
The label was fixed, and Brownlee was all set.
Brownlee had walked all her life but had started seriously training this past year so she could join her family in their annual Thanksgiving tradition of running in the Turkey Trot. Her daughter, Laurel Eiler, had always run the race but decided to walk with Brownlee to share that landmark moment.
Despite her age, Brownlee still finished ahead of several younger folks.
And, she placed third in her age group.
“It was so much fun,” she said. “I enjoyed the walk and I enjoyed the wonderful costumes. Everybody was having so much fun, and I loved being a part of it.”
“I’ll definitely do it again next year, as long as my health holds up.”
— by Kathi McClure
We thank all of you who made the 2016 GraceWorks Turkey Trot 5K the biggest yet. Over 3,200 trotters took part and many local families in need will benefit from your participation. An event like the GraceWorks Turkey Trot 5K doesn’t happen without the generous support of our sponsors. We’d like to thank Mapco/Delek, Avenue Construction, Nelson Mazda, Williamson Medical Center, D1 Sports, Whole Foods, STAR Physical Therapy, Nashville Striders, Franklin Athletic Club, CoolSprings Galleria, Synergy Realty Network, Dustin J. Wells Foundation, 94FM The Fish and Your Williamson. We also thank all the amazing volunteers who gave of their time and talents to make the Trot happen. To see 150 photos from the Trot taken by Chris Hanewinckel, please click here.