Out of 600 entrants, many impressive times were achieved by runners of all ages, in carriages and in a wheelchair under ideal race conditions for the annual Santa's Toy Trot held on Sunday.
The 5K course which started on Jennings Ave in front of the Patchogue Fire Department, meandered up and down various streets, around Patchogue Lake and then finished where it started on Jennings.
The field was one of the largest in the history of this annual race sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Patchogue. In addition to the entrant fee for the race, runners were asked to bring a toy for a needy child. Almost 600 toys were collected from the runners and packaged by the Patchogue Medford High School Key Clubs and Venture Crew for distribution to needy children in the Greater Patchogue area.
Proceeds of the event will be used by the Kiwanis club for its sponsored youth programs and children’s community needs projects. This year, the Patchogue Kiwanis Club celebrates its 75th year of community service especially to children. Race results may be found at a link on Patchoguekiwanis.com.