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Turkey Day 5K a time-honored tradition

Post Independent/Kelley Cox In a display of mid-race exuberance, Resa Hayes throws up her fists during the Thursday morning Turkey Day 5K run at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club.

While most people watch parades or football and eat turkey all day on Thanksgiving, a record number of participants – 287 – ran, jogged and walked in the 19th annual Turkey Day 5K Thursday morning.A mix of men, women, children and dogs lined up at the starting line at 10 a.m. at Glenwood Springs Golf Club on a beautiful morning blessed with sunshine and warm temperatures. “I think that it has become a lot of family traditions. It is something that they come and do first,” said race co-organizer Karen Greenwood. “I think the weather has a lot to do with it as well; there are a lot of factors that go into it, but I think tradition is the most important.” Bernie Boettcher, from Silt, won the race, crossing the line in 16:56 and winning his first Turkey Day 5K title. Megan Lund, a Basalt resident who runs for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs cross country team, was the fastest female, finishing ninth overall with a time of 17:55.

This was Lund’s sixth time in the Turkey Day 5K and her first win.”I like to do this race because it is cheap and if you win you get a pie,” Lund said. “This a great way to start Thanksgiving, and then you can go eat all day.” While there were a number of competitive runners in the race, most people took part to have fun and to be part of a community event.”It gives you a snapshot of what people’s lives are really like. It is a great sense of community and a good way to celebrate the holiday and the new season,” said Jack Green, who is one of only two runners to enter the race in all 19 years of its existence. “No matter what else is going on, you can always count on this race.”Green, who was dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and green jacket, always wears something interesting and even wore a dress one year. Green doesn’t run often, but has a great time seeing friends and spending time outside.

“This is the only time I run all year,” Green said. “Normally I just walk.”Even Chas and Marco Salmen, former Glenwood Springs High School cross country runners who are now members of the Duke cross country squad, entered the race to have fun and because it has become one of their traditions.”We love the Turkey Day 5K,” Chas said. “It is great to be part of the tradition.””It is a great chance for us to see a lot of people we don’t get to see very often,” Marco added.

Josi Pearson, an 11-year-old Glenwood local, has run in the event for a few years and likes being part of the festivities.”It is pretty fun to run with friends and family,” Pearson said.One runner, Ted Kauffman, looked a little different than the rest, with more than 20 racing tags pinned all over him. Kauffman is a teacher at the Carbondale Community School and runs for all of his students and their parents who are out of town for the holiday weekend.”This is my fourth year doing this, and it is good for all the people who can’t be here and still want to give money to a good cause,” Kauffman said. “And the kids always think I look pretty funny wearing all these tags.”All of the money for the Turkey Day 5K will be donated to the Carbondale Community School.

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