Chilly temps at Turkey Day 5K run in Glenwood Springs
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
WEST GLENWOOD, Colorado – Brrrrrr!
Co-race director Karen Greenwood’s voice was barely audible over the clickety-clack of chattering teeth as she gave instructions to runners and walkers just prior to the 10 a.m. start of Thanksgiving’s 24th annual Turkey Day 5K at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course.
With the temperature stuck in single digits, and a snow covered course awaiting their footfalls, runners braced themselves for the cruel twist Mother Nature threw at them, when an already demanding course became technical as well.
“I just always hope everyone is safe on the course and they have a good time,” said Jim Richmond, who is the other half of the Turkey Day race directing tandem.
Safe they all were, and many of them were pretty fast, too.
For the third time, Carbondale’s Alex Tiernan claimed the title of race champion as he outdueled the field of 220 runners who zigged and zagged their way around, and up and down, the scenic fairways of Glenwood’s golf course on the hill.
“These conditions were tough on everybody, but it’s for a good cause and it’s a fun course,” said Tiernan. “The entire running community comes out each year for this one.”
Tiernan’s winning time was 17 minutes and 59 seconds. He was followed to the finish line by Casey Weaver at 18:08 and Jeremy Duncan who posted a time of 18:36.
The women’s race was a battle of two well-known local ladies. Valley neighbors Cynthia Lauren of Carbondale and Megan Lund of Basalt went head to head for most of the race, with Lauren able to hold a slim 7-second margin of victory at the finish tape.
“I always appreciate what I am able to do, coming out here and running. I tell myself that I’m just happy to be able to race and be out here with all of these people,” said Lauren.
Lund, who has built herself quite a local and national running resume, saw an early lead evaporate as Lauren pushed past her near the 1-mile mark of the race.
“I caught her at the top of that first steep hill, but then she got me on the downhill,” said Lund, who will now start winter training for the Houston Marathon in January. “She’s got some wheels.”
Lauren’s victorious time was 19:40. Lund was in at 19:47, followed by her sister, Amy Lund with a time of 20:22.
Despite the frigid holiday air, the atmosphere was festive at the race, which has helped to kick off the Glenwood holiday season for the last 24 years. Many runners showed up in varying displays of costume dress to accentuate what has become the theme of the day – a time to be with friends.
The Turkey Day 5k serves as a benefit for local non-profits and will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year on Thanksgiving Day.
This year’s final race on the local running scene will take place on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. with the Jingle Bell Run 4-Miler at Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale.
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