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Longtime Coach Recognized At Annual Turkey Trot Race
Longtime Coach Recognized At Annual Turkey Trot Race

For the past ten years, runners, cyclists, walkers and others have gathered at the home of Richard and Dee Davis to participate in the annual Turkey Trot. 

This year though, there was something extra. 

About a week before the race, efforts had began to get as many former runners of BCHS and BCMS Cross Country Coach Shelly Cranford to attend.  Richard Davis had made plans to surprise Cranford with the gathering of former runners as part of an effort to show appreciation for Cranford's many years of hard work and devotion.

That wasn't the only honor for Cranford.  He was presented with a plaque of appreciation on behalf of all current and former runners by Assistant Superintendent Richard Smith.  Cranford, who said he'd been coaching for 23 years, was grateful for the award and support as he spoke.  The race itself saw runners paired into teams.  Members of each team had to guess their finish time.  The times were combined, and the team closest to their predicted time won a cash prize.

Two teams (one with three members due to one dropping out of the race) the other with four, both came closest.  The three-person team was Ethan Money, Katie Burton, and Jim Hungay.  Austin Cook, Logan Bridges, Michelle and McKinley Cranford were the four-person team. 

While many are worried about getting exercise after eating a big Thanksgiving meal, particpants Thursday were one step ahead. 

They'd already gotten exercise before lunch.

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