Prince Frederick, MD – Holiday or no holiday, Thursday, Nov. 26 was a great morning to jump out of bed and start moving. An enthusiastic crowd—nearly 600—did just that as they gathered at the Arc of Southern Maryland building in Prince Frederick for the fourth running of the Strut Your Stuffing Turkey Trot 5 kilometer (K) race for the benefit of Project Echo.

The trotters were turned loose around 7 a.m., making the trek south on Prince Frederick Boulevard, turning around and then heading north to the Stoakley Road intersection. Many of the participants were garbed in Thanksgiving Day attire. Some wore hats that resembled cooked turkeys, others braids, headdresses and Indian feathers. Even Santa Claus took a victory lap on the course.

Urged on by a cheering squad from Huntingtown High School, participants of all ages completed the 5K course, crossing the finish line before heading off to stand in a dinner line.

Finishing first in the holiday dash was John Urban, 37, whose time was 18 minutes and 27 seconds. The second-place finisher was Mike Mainguy, 25, who logged a time of 18 minutes and 45 seconds. Very close behind was Noah Wood, 32, whose race time was 18 minutes and 46 seconds. The top female finisher was Amanda Merrillat, who logged a time of 23 minutes and eight seconds.

A complete list of results is available at

Project Echo provides emergency shelter for men, women and families for up to 90 days. The shelter on Main Street is supported by the community, especially volunteers from several Calvert County churches.

The Turkey Trot is supported by several corporate sponsors.

Contact Marty Madden at