The 16th annual Keep Your Fork 5k road race

Staff Report

Runners take off at the start of the Keep Your Fork 5K road race.

Runners take off at the start of the Keep Your Fork 5K road race.

POMEROY — A post-Thanksgiving tradition in Meigs County, the 16th annual Keep Your Fork 5K road race, will take place the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

On Nov. 25 the Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. will be sponsoring the 16th annual event with the race to begin at 10 a.m. Participants of the race should plan on arriving 30 minutes early. Race day registration will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

The 5K has been held the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year in memory of Brandi Thomas, the daughter of John and Cheryl Thomas.

The Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship fund was established in honor of Thomas, who died in 2002 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Thomas was a member of the Meigs cross country and track and field teams. The fund is used to provide academic scholarships for Meigs High School graduates who participated in high school cross country and/or track and field.

According to previous Sentinel reports, “Keep Your Fork” is derived from an inspirational story sent to the family following Brandi’s passing. The story was about a young woman who upon discovering she only has three months to live decides to make her final arrangements. One of these arrangements was that she be buried with a fork. The reasoning behind the fork was that at most socials and dinners after the dishes from the main course are cleared, someone invariably says, ” keep your fork ,” because something better is coming, whether it be dessert or an afterlife.

The fork is a symbol that the best is yet to come which is the reason behind the race’s unique name.

The proceeds from this event, which is open to all runners or walkers ages six years and older, will be used to benefit The Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Participants can pick up an entry form from either Locker 219, Valley Lumber, or any Meigs Local building. New this year, registration can also be done online at

T-shirts will be given to the first 150 entrants. Plaques will be given out to the top three male and top three female finishers, medals will be given to first place winners, and ribbons will be given to second through fifth place in age groups 6-13, 14-17, 18-22, 23-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over. The winner from the 14-17 age group will receive a special award.

This will also serve as the last race of the season for the River City Runners.

Donations for this event are welcomed and appreciated. For those interested, send to:

The Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarschip Fund

C/O Farmers Bank and Savings Co.

Po Box 626

Pomeroy, OH 45769

For further information contact Mike Kennedy at 740-992-2158 (work); 740-992-7552 (home) or 740-357-2723 (cell).

Runners take off at the start of the Keep Your Fork 5K road race. take off at the start of the Keep Your Fork 5K road race.

Staff Report