Strong turnout for Glenwood’s Turkey Day 5K |

Strong turnout for Glenwood’s Turkey Day 5K

Post Independent/Kelley CoxMegan Lund was the first woman across the finish line in Thursday morning's Turkey Day 5K race.

There were some rather famous runners lined up at the starting line of Thursday’s Turkey Day 5K: Local runner Bernie Boettcher, who has won 26 races this year;Chas and Marco Salmen, who are both members of the Duke cross country team;Megan Lund, a runner on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs cross country squad;

Jordan Chavez, an 11-year-old looking for his third boys 12 and under championship;and Alex Tiernan and Heidi Vosbeck, no strangers to the event, were also looking for first-place finishes.As the horn sounded and the 287 runners took off, a gathering of people waited at the finish line, predicting and anticipating who would cross first.A bald eagle even flew over, glancing down to see who would take first.

And in the end, it was the most well-known racer of all, Boettcher, who captured his first-ever Turkey Day 5K victory.”It feels good. I finally got that monkey off my back,” Boettcher said. “I have won every other local race, so it is nice to win this one.”Boettcher finished with a time of 16:56, followed by Tiernan in second at 17:13. The Salmen brothers tied for 13th with times of 19:41.”I think Chas and Marco let me have this one, they took pity on me,” Boettcher said. “This is my 53rd race this year and my 26th win, so I am pretty happy with that.”

Lund took home the women’s title, finishing ninth overall with a time of 17:55.”It feels pretty good. It is a good way to start the day,” Lund said. “My goal was to finish in under 18, and I did that.” Chavez, a Glenwood native who moved to El Paso, Texas, earlier this year, earned his third straight win, finishing 12th, six seconds ahead of the Salmen brothers. Chavez likes running in the Turkey Day 5K because it is something he does with his dad.”My dad got me into this race because he always races with his friends,” Chavez said. “It was good – I just wanted to beat my dad. Normally he beats me, but this year I beat him.”

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