On Thanksgiving morning, the third annual Kristen and Fred Faust Memorial Turkey Trot, a 5K Run, was held in Cold Spring. Over 150 runners participated. John Hughes finished first, Paul Mackey Sr. second and Luke Cleary third. The prize for the first place finisher, a gift to the Hudson Valley Outfitters, was donated by the Cotter family.
This race was started three years ago in honor of Kristen and Fred Faust. Thirty runners participated in the first race. Fred passed away from cancer in 2005. Kristen suddenly died at 27. In 2007 a fund was started in their honor at Haldane.
Kristen was an all-star athlete at Haldane and a member of the 1996 All-State Girls’ Basketball Championship team, and her father was a loyal fan and enthusiastic supporter of the entire Haldane sports program. The Kristen and Fred Faust Spirit Award is given each year to the graduating senior at Haldane who exhibits the most school spirit.
The race is a wonderful opportunity for community members to gather, to remember Kristen and Fred, and to show their support for Haldane. It is fast becoming a Thanksgiving tradition for the Philipstown community, one we can all be proud of.
–Dr. Eric Richter, on behalf of Haldane High School staff