Addison Coty Memorial Turkey Trot 5k Planned for November

By Lura Jackson

When Addison Coty met a tragic fate over the last summer, he left behind a wide network of close friends and a community that had long shared in his successes and his smiles. As a means of bringing everyone together and creating a lasting legacy that will support the future graduates of Calais High School, the Addison Coty Memorial Turkey Trot is planned for Saturday, November 24th.

All of the proceeds from the event – which involves a 5k run, a 1-mile “fun run” for kids, a Chinese raffle, and more – will go toward a scholarship fund. “I want to do $1,000 a year to a senior that deserves it,” explained Angela Coty Demmons, Addison’s mother and one of the organizers of the event. “I’m hoping for a big turnout.”

The idea for a Turkey Trot was a remarkably good fit as a way to honor Addison, Demmons said. Addison was extremely passionate about running and finished 5th in the state in Class C in his senior year. One of his favorite events to run was the Turkey Trot in Brewer – a race held in November that rewards the winning male and female runners with a turkey. Skilled athlete that he was, Addison brought the turkey home one year. “We cooked it up for Christmas dinner,” Demmons beamed.

Just like at the Brewer race, the winning man and woman of Addison’s Turkey Trot will be bringing home their own turkey. Second and third place winners will receive a trophy or a medal. All of the participants that pre-register online or at the high school will receive a commemorative shirt. The shirt is hunter orange on account of the race being held on the last day of hunting season, and it features a turkey on it. Additional shirts will be available at the event for those that don’t pre-register, and more will be for sale as well.

The 5k will “start at Robbinston grade school, then it will go to the cemetery where he is, and then back to the grade school,” Demmons said. The 1-mile fun run – called Addison’s Mini Gobblers – will take place around the back field.

Demmons and her fellow organizers are looking to make the event an annual occurrence, and they’ve turned to the right people for advice on how to do so. Arran Stevens, the organizer of the annual Suddy 5k, was among those consulted. “He met with us and gave us a lot of ins and outs,” Demmons shared. “It really helped us out.”

For those who want to celebrate Addison’s memory but aren’t inclined to run, a basketball tournament is planned for next summer. “I said to myself, ‘What am I going to do for him? Well, let’s do a race, and then in the summer let’s do a basketball tournament. Let’s do two things that he loved into something for the community to remember him and to keep a scholarship going,’” Demmons said. “Hopefully for years.”

 

Donations for the scholarship fund can also be made at the event or at the high school. Volunteers that would like to lend a hand during the event are welcome. To pre-register online, search for Addison Coty Memorial Turkey Trot 5K on Facebook and follow the link on its page. The 1-mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. and the 5k will start at 10 a.m.