Runners flock to Turkey Day 5K |

Runners flock to Turkey Day 5K

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Bernie Boettcher runs across the Turkey Trot finish line dressed in a pilgram outfit, coming in second place at 17 minutes, 3 seconds.

The race is really an excuse for more than 250 people came to Thursday’s annual Turkey Day 5K run. It’s not that competitors take the annual event held on the grounds of the Glenwood Springs Golf Club seriously. Most do.

The hook that draws most locals together is fellowship the Turkey Day 5K espouses – and a chance to meet up with old friends who’ve come home for the holidays.Due to the large number of conversations and hugs around the start-finish line and at the registration table, the race never starts at its scheduled 10 a.m. time. And, nobody cares.”That’s what makes this special,” one participant said. “Its all about the community. People come here and catch up with each other.”

Along with another excuse for an extra helping of Thanksgiving dinner.For the second year in a row, Marco Salmen and Bernie Boettcher ran the two fastest times of the race.Salmen, a 2003, Glenwood Springs High School graduate, now a sophomore at Duke University, won the overall race championship in 16 minutes, 52 seconds. Boettcher, clad in a pilgrim hat and costume, finished in 17:03.

Gus Lundin, another GSHS alumnus, who’s matriculating at the University of Colorado, was third. Zeke Tiernan was fourth.Likewise, Sarah Shepard of Glenwood defended her title as the Turkey Day 5K’s fastest woman. Her 19:33 mark, which bettered last year’s time by two seconds, earned Shepard 12th place in the overall standings.Heidi Vosbeck from Glenwood was second in 20 minutes flat. Megan Lund, the 2002 women’s overall winner had the third-best female time, at 20:07.Heidi Vosbeck from Glenwood was second in 20 minutes flat. Megan Lund, the 2002 women’s overall winner had the third-best female time, at 20:07.

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