More than 700 people - many wearing colorful turkey hats and other Thanksgiving-related costumes - participated in the Turkey Trot 10K and 5K races on Saturday morning.

A Newark tradition for 47 years, the Turkey Trot is the second-oldest race in Delaware, behind the Caesar Rodney Half-Marathon in Wilmington.

The races, organized by the Newark Parks and Recreation Department, began at Handloff Park and snaked through the neighborhoods in northwestern Newark.

The event raised money for a scholarship fund that helps kids who would otherwise be unable to participate in parks and rec programs. Runners were also encouraged to donate new or used coats, which were collected by the Ancient Order of Hibernians and will be distributed to those in need.

For the second year in a row, James Tracy, 29, of Newark, was the top male finisher in the 10K. Sara Beth Oppermann, 27, of Newark, was the top female finisher.

In the 5K, Ezekiel Dawkins, 16, of Newark, was the top male finisher. Laura Lunardi, 44, of West Chester, Pa., was the top female finisher.

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