John Hayen Credit: TSM Oneonta
John Hayen (Credit: TSM Oneonta)

Get ready, it's almost Turkey Trot time to benefit the families served by Helios Care in Otsego County. Due to COVID-19, this race will be virtual this year and dedicated in memory of long-time Oneontan and employee at Townsquare Media Oneonta, John Hayen.

John Hayen was an active Oneonta community member, sports personality and Townsquare Media Executive who recently passed away after an illness. John was a founding member of the Turkey Trot for Hospice Committee (2013) and was integral in the planning and support of the event. In recognition of his support, Helios Care is dedicating the 2020 virtual event to John's memory.

"We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend John Hayen. Many will miss him and his passionate spirit,” said Kelly McGraw, Helios Care’s Director of Access and Turkey Trot Event Director. “Dedicating the 2020 race to John will allow Helios Care to show our gratitude for the enthusiasm he brought to this event and his advocacy on behalf of hospice care,” added McGraw.

The Turkey Trot is a fundraising event for Helios Care which helps them to continue to serve families and community members in Otsego County dealing with life threatening illness with family support, grief support, pain relief and symptom management.

Credit: Helios Care
Credit: Helios Care


Registered participants will be able to run or walk any time, any place from Friday, November 20th through Monday, November 30th. If desired, registered participants can download a virtual mobile app which automatically tracks pace, distance and overall time, and provides the option of automatically uploading results.

Runners/walkers are encouraged to share pictures and results through the event’s website and Facebook page. All posts will be entered into prize drawings. Those registered by November 2nd will be guaranteed a long-sleeved T-shirt.

For more information and to register go to or contact Kelly McGraw or Alicia Fish at (607) 432-6773.

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