Dashing through the snow
Special to the Post Independent
1. Gabe King, 21 minutes, 40 seconds
2. Henry Barth, 21:41
3. Brian Gary, 22:07
4. John Mount, 22:15
5. Mathew Thrun, 22:23
6. Casey Vaughn, 22:31
7. Benny Smith, 22:55
8. Martin Pearson, 23:10
9. Bryce Risner, 23:30
10. Michael Marriell, 23:51
11. Jonathan Cappelli, 23:51
12. Derrek Young, 23:52
13. Ryan Young, 23:52
14. Jeff Thomas, 23:55
15. Jon Jay, 24:15
16. Bruce Barth, 24:37
17. Aidan Francomb, 24:56
18. Brion After, 25:01
19. David Brooks, 25:10
20. Dan Smith, 25:32
21. Kristin Smith*, 25:43
22. Johnny Utah, 25:58
23. Tucker Bruce, 26:02
24. Phil Samora, 26:28
25. John Murray, 26:34
26. Robert Baker, 26:37
27. Ellen Brooks*, 26:40
28. Nathan Timmel, 26:47
29. Shawna O’ Shea*, 26:50
30. Larry Thrun, 27:20
31. Carl Moak, 27:30
32. Luke Murphy, 27:31
33. Cooper Stimpson, 27:37
34. Tim Cashman, 27:45
35. Charma Phillips, 27:49
36. John Conrad, 27:55
37. Sarah Judkins*, 28:09
38. Emily Worline*, 28:11
39. Nancy Risner*, 28:19
40. Kelly Sarno, 28:38.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS—A crystal clear November morning welcomed 361 runners and walkers to the Glenwood Community Center for the third annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K.
The scenic Wulfsohn trails, covered with a fresh layer of snow, provided racers with a challenging and slippery journey as they made their way west along the hilly course and then back to the community center finish line and the completion of the 3.1-mile trek.
The fastest of the dashers in the snow was Gabe King, a Glenwood Springs native who is now in the United States Air Force, stationed in Cambridge, England.
King, who is home seeing family for the holidays, was tested throughout the run by 13-year-old Henry Barth, a Glenwood Middle School 8th grader. King’s winning time was 21 minutes, 40 seconds, with Barth in close pursuit at 21:41.
“He (Barth) led through most of the top part of the course,” said King. “I have a little longer stride and was able to go a bit faster on the downhill.”
King was not fazed in the least bit by the snowy conditions on the course.
“I grew up here, so the snow out there was no big deal,” said King, who dedicated the race victory to his father, Mike King, who passed away two weeks ago after a long bout with cancer.
The top finisher for the women was Kristin Smith with a time of 25:43. Smith was followed in order by Glenwood’s Ellen Brooks at 26:40 and Shawna O’ Shea, who recorded a time of 26:50.
Race director Steve Vanderhoof, who had crews out diligently working on the trails on race morning in order to provide the smoothest possible path for runners and walkers, was happy with the community turnout on such a beautiful holiday morning.
“This race started in 1986 at the Glenwood Golf Course, and we have just been happy to carry on the tradition of a 5K run in Glenwood on Thanksgiving morning,” said Vanderhoof. “We were a little down in numbers this year, but there were some other races in the area today. All in all, we anticipate giving around $5,000 to charities from this race.”
The Turkey Trot 5K serves as a benefit for the Glenwood Springs High School boys and girls swim teams, as well as the cross country team at GSHS and the Sopris Barracuda Swim Club.
The next local running event will be the annual Jingle Bell 5K on Sunday, Dec. 21 at Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale.
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