The Edmond Sun

Local News

November 21, 2012

Locals gear up for 2012 Turkey Trot

EDMOND — Area residents are putting on their running shoes and working up an appetite for the big meal as they participate in the third annual Turkey Trot.

Turkey Trot is one of the major fundraisers of the year for the nonprofit Turning Point Ministries, an all-volunteer organization in Edmond that works to help provide good, affordable housing for those who couldn’t afford it otherwise.

Its long term goal is to eliminate substandard housing in Edmond.

Both the 5K Run and 1-Mile Wobble begin at Main and Broadway in downtown Edmond at 28 E. Main St. Scenery along the course includes public art, landscaping and residences.

The 5K Run continues north on Boulevard through Danforth and turns around at a designated marker and drink station between Danforth and Covell.

All participants will travel the same route back to Main and Broadway and cross the finish line.  

The event is approved by the City of Edmond Special Events Committee and traffic control is maintained by the Edmond Police Department.

All ages including strollers and friendly dogs on a leash participate in the event, which begins at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Awards presented include one to the “best dressed” participant so they are urged to “ham it up.”

Lissa Wohltmann, a member of the Edmond RunWalk Society, praised the event in a post on “Thanks so much for putting together Edmond’s own Turkey Trot. Last year’s run was the best Turkey Trot I've ever done! I got to see a bunch of my friends and neighbors doing something I love. It was like a mobile party going on. Even though I’m not this super great runner (we do run/walks), I still have a fabulous time. Can’t wait for this event!”

Sheila Kidder, with the RunHers Women’s Club, echoed the praise: “RunHers Women’s Association proudly supports all the events and nonprofits that are doing great work impacting the lives and health of our metro community.”

A full 100 percent of the proceeds from the Turkey Trot support Turning Point Ministries Goals include honoring the self-worth of those in need through a hand up rather than a hand out and establishing sufficient financial reserves so properties can be secured as they become available.

Turning Point Ministries has been working with the City of Edmond to develop Legacy Station, a Habitat for Humanity-style addition located just north of downtown Edmond. Volunteers from many churches and other local organizations have helped build homes benefiting single mothers with children who have a demonstrated desire to live in Edmond.

In 2009, the organization built a home for a wheelchair-bound single woman afflicted with spina bifida.

Turning Point Ministries has acquired three more temporary residences and a 2-acre parcel of land in near northwest Edmond and began development of a “pocket neighborhood” of 12 home sites. Volunteers have been working on a second duplex in Legacy Station, scheduled to be completed by Dec. 1.

In addition to the Turkey Trot, Turning Point Ministries sponsors an annual golf tournament in the spring as fundraisers.

Affordable sites in Edmond are more scarce and costly as ever, according to the organization. Development costs also continue to rise, with the cost of a single lot prepped and ready for building, averaging more than $25,000.

The organization also works with the Oklahoma Housing Finance Authority to finance construction activities at reasonable rates, which fit into its model.

In 2010, Turning Point Ministries separated from Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.

It is managed by an eight-member oversight board which meets every other month. For more information about Turning Point Ministries, call 818-6264 or visit

Text Only
Local News
  • Johnson wants path to citizenship for illegals

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series of stories on candidates facing a runoff primary election Aug. 26. Tuesday, Johnson will provide her thoughts on jobs, health care, and the $17.5 trillion national debt.

    August 1, 2014

  • Time to vote: State Sen. Connie Johnson Q&A

    • What needs to be done to create job growth in the United States?
    Job creation, strong public education and protecting our civil liberties are three of the main issues of my campaign for the U.S. Senate.
    In the U.S. Senate, I will do what we know works: invest in education and infrastructure in ways that stimulate innovation and create jobs.

    August 1, 2014

  • Billings Official: GPS aids arrest of ‘bait car’ suspects

    A GPS “bait car” system led to the arrest of three suspects on grand larceny complaints in Logan County, an official said.

    August 1, 2014 3 Photos

  • MS_Wheeler.jpg Drugged suspect allegedly assaults cops

    Felony charges have been filed against a 20-year-old man who allegedly ingested the drug “Molly” before injuring two officers during an altercation, records show.
    At about 11:30 p.m. July 18, Edmond Police Officer Jason Albright assisted other officers at an apartment complex in the zero block of South Bryant on a call about suspicious people knocking on a door, Albright stated in a report released Friday by the Edmond Police Department.
    When he arrived, he made contact with fellow officers Ben Daves, Jason Lewellyn and Torrey Rowe who were with two of the suspicious persons, Albright stated.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • MS_Keifer.jpg Police seek help in finding Edmond youth

    Edmond Police Department Spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the agency needs the public’s help finding 16-year-old Keifer McMullin.
    Monroe said he ran away from home July 17.
    “This is not the first time, but the longest he’s been gone,” Monroe said.
    Monroe said Keifer was last seen wearing white-colored Nike tennis shoes, blue jeans, a red shirt and had a black, heavy coat. If you know where he is located call 911 or text a tip at 625-TEXT.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Judge sends Edmond teen to next step in federal case

    A federal judge has ordered a detention hearing for an Edmond teen charged with making alleged illicit sexual contact with residents ages 4-9 while he was staying at a children’s home in Kenya.  
    Last month, the office of U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats unsealed a criminal complaint charging Matthew Lane Durham, 19, of Edmond, with traveling to Kenya to engage in illicit sexual conduct with underage children, both male and female, from April to June.

    August 1, 2014

  • Election board absentee voting deadline nears

    Voters who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the runoff primary election Aug. 26 should apply now. Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. Aug. 20, voters who want to vote by absentee ballot are urged to apply early.
    Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office, located at 4201 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City.

    August 1, 2014

  • spts-Weber St. Anthony Morales.jpg Bulldog grad a Carolina Panther

    Former Edmond Memorial linebacker Anthony Morales is not going to attend school this fall at Weber State University.
    Instead, he signed an NFL contract with the Carolina Panthers Thursday morning.
    “I’m on the 90-man roster and I've got to make the cut, so I’ll be in the preseason games and then after the third one, they do the cut to 55 and then after the last game, they go down to 53,” Morales said. “(The Panthers)” have 10 linebackers, including myself.”

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edmond Santa Fe hosting Punt, Pass & Kick competition

    Young pro football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills when the Edmond Santa Fe Touchdown Club hosts an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Edmond Santa Fe Football Stadium, 1901 N.W. 15th St. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the competition kicking off an hour later. Punt, Pass & Kick is free and open to boys and girls ages 6-15. Entry forms and rules are available online at For competition information, contact Kelly Kay at

    August 1, 2014

  • pm_eagle scout John Giachino .JPG Scout earns Eagle rank

    John Bernard Giachino, 16, of Edmond, was awarded his Eagle Scout rank March 26. He is a member of Venture Crew 2021 chartered by St. John the Baptist in Edmond. John is the son of Phillip and LaDonna Giachino, grandson of Linda and the late John Giachino of Oklahoma City and Fred and Joanne Horinek of Newkirk.
    John’s Eagle Scout service project was designing and building a gaga pit for Camp Dakani in Oklahoma City for future Boy Scouts of America to play and enjoy for years to come.
    John will be a junior at Bishop McGuinness High School, where he is a member of the golf team and National Honor Society. He attends St. John the Baptist Church and participates in Life Teen. John recently visited Peru on a mission trip.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
NDN Video
Under Armour Launches Biggest Women's Campaign with Inspiring Ad NYPD chokehold death of Eric Garner was homicide: medical examiner Christina Aguilera Pulls a Demi Moore! Man with no arms throws first pitch Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Is Justin Bieber Dating a Model? Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer) 'Sharknado 2:' Hottest Memes Surfing The Net Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2"

The runoff race for the 5th District congressional seat is set for Aug. 26. If the voting were today, which candidate would you support?

Al McAffrey
Tom Guild
     View Results