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Turkey Trot Milestone

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - While some may pound the pavement during the 116th annual Turkey Trot so they can gobble down extra fixings at the dinner table, a Tonawanda man has a different reason for crossing the finish line.

Peter Calabrese will mark the 100-year anniversary of his grandfather's Turkey Trot victory by participating in this year's race.

Calabrese's grandfather, Joe Mole, was first to cross the finish line in 1911, back when the race was known as the Central YMCA Cross Country Run.

Calabrese has his grandfather's silver-plated trophy and several articles about his win.

Update: We just found out late Friday from Peter that the YMCA will allow him to wear #5 in the race.  His grandfather wore #5 when he won the race in 1911.  That number is normally reserved for the top runners in the Turkey Trot. 

To watch Heather Ly's story, click on the video player above.


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