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Westlake High's 18th Annual Memorial Turkey Trot Honors John Barresi

Racers hitting the course at the Westlake campus during the 2014 Memorial 5K Turkey Trot. Photo Credit: Provided
Eric Gruettner, a cross-country and track teammate of John Barresi was the first male finisher in the 2014 race.. Photo Credit: Provided

THORNWOOD, N.Y. -- Westlake High School's 18th Annual John Barresi Memorial 5K Turkey Trot will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. on the school campus. Register at 9:30 a.m. in the high school lobby.The suggested donation to run is $10. All funds support the John Barresi Memorial Scholarship Fund.

For those who can't run, donations are accepted and can be dropped off at the high school or mailed to: The John Barresi Scholarship Fund c/o Stephanie Hopkins 825 Westlake Drive, Thornwood, NY 10594. Make checks payable to: The John Barresi Scholarship Fund.

The annual 5K race honors the memory of Barresi, a 1996 Westlake High School graduate who was an avid runner, captain of the track and cross country teams, and the 1995 Homecoming king. He was a seaman recruit in the U.S. Navy and died at the age of 19. The track at Westlake High School is named for him.

Barresi's family set up a memorial scholarship in his name that is awarded each year to a senior who exemplifies his qualities.

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