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Turkey Day 5k moved back to G’Wood golf course

Mike Vidakovich

Following a successful three-year run at the Glenwood Community Center, the popular Turkey Day 5k race will be moving back to the place of its 1986 origin, the Glenwood Springs Golf Course.

Race director Steve Vanderhoof is looking forward to the event being back on familiar ground after its brief hiatus on the Wulfsohn trails.

“We’re excited at the move to the golf course. The race is going back to the traditional venue,” said Vanderhoof.

Started on Thanksgiving Day of 1986, the race drew 17 participants for its inaugural running. Through the years, and in all types of weather, the Turkey Day 5k began to take on the identity of a holiday season community celebration, as well as a competitive footrace. Friends and family members regularly would make the trek to the golf course to get some exercise, eat turkey, and catch up with old acquaintances in a festive setting. Before its final running at the golf course in 2011, the race welcomed upwards of 400 runners and walkers each year.

The race, which is very walker-friendly, is run almost entirely on the grassy fairways of the golf course, with scenic views of the Roaring Fork Valley in abundance.

Following tradition, this year’s race will be run on Thursday, November 26, with the starting time slated for 10am. Registration will begin at the clubhouse of the Glenwood Golf Course at 8:30am that morning. Pre-registration is being offered at Summit Canyon Mountaineering in Glenwood and Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale. The cost of pre-registration is $15, with the price of participation going up to $20 on race day. The beneficiaries of the Turkey Day 5k will be the Glenwood High School swim teams, the Sopris Barracuda Swim Club, and the cross country running teams at Glenwood High School.

With a big turnout expected once again this year, overflow race day parking will be available at Climate Control Company and Earth-Wise Horticultural, located adjacent to each other on Donegan Road, about one-half mile east of the golf course. A van sponsored by the Glenwood Elk’s Club will also be available at each location to shuttle participants to the starting line. Parking is available at the Glenwood Golf Course as well, but race officials are encouraging people to car pool if possible.

For further race information, contact Vanderhoof at 618-3794.

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