Turkey Day 5K a success at Glenwood Golf Course
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The 26th version of the Turkey Day 5K Run/Walk made its return to the Glenwood Springs Golf Course amid sunny Thanksgiving morning skies and mild temperatures. The 3.1 mile race — formerly staged at the Glenwood Community Center and known as the Turkey Trot from 2012-2014 — drew a crowd of 574 revelers to the familiar green fairways in West Glenwood where the race got its start in 1986.
Along with getting some exercise and catching up with old acquaintances, a crowd favorite at the Turkey Day 5K has always been the heaping helpings of food provided by race directors and community volunteers. This year proved to be no exception, as Glenwood natives Doug Meyers and Mike Moser deep-fried six tasty gobblers for hungry runners to enjoy, along with a spread of various other holiday goodies.
Meyers had a good time pitching in to help with the event, which is a fundraiser for various sports programs at Glenwood High School and the Glenwood Golf Course. What Meyers most enjoyed was getting to see many of the people he grew up with in Glenwood.
“It’s a lot of fun for me to see all the old friends who come up here each year,” said Meyers. “They all had a smile on their face, so they were either glad to see me, or the turkey must have been good.”
Karla Richards, owner of the 7th Street Salon on Glenwood’s riverfront, has been a regular at the Turkey Day 5K for, “probably the last 15 years.” Richards, like many others, says that running is not really the primary reason she steps away from the stove on Thanksgiving morning for the short trip to the golf course from her home in West Glenwood.
“I just like to see everyone,” said Richards. “Plus, it’s so pretty up here at the golf course. It’s one I hardly ever miss.”
Former Glenwood High School teacher Jack Green was a participant in the first race at the golf course in 1986, and he hasn’t missed one since.
“This race is at the top of the social menu of the running revolution in this town,” stated Green. “It’s a festive nature. This race is connected to what the community is. It’s also the one time each year I get to run in my favorite dress.”
Everyone who ventured up to “The Hill” on Thursday morning to take on the winding, and challenging 5K was a winner, but the person who actually crossed the finish line ahead of all others was Casey Weaver, who recorded a winning time of 17 minutes, 25 seconds. Christian Kerr was the runner-up at 18:26, and Sean Van Horn was just behind in third place with a time of 18:28.
The women’s division champion was Kylee Schuler, who was 11th overall. Schuler came to the finish line when the clock hit 20:53. Rounding out the ladies top three for the day was Melissa Goodman at 22:40, and Amy Rollins who clocked in at 23:00.
Race director Steve Vanderhoof had nothing but positive thoughts for the day.
“It’s great to have the race back here at the golf course, and what a wonderful turnout we had today. Everything went very well,” said Vanderhoof.
The 2015 running event calendar features two more local races prior to its conclusion. The Day of Infamy Snowshoe race will be held at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Sunday, Dec. 6, and the Jingle Bell 5K Run will take place on a Sunday also, Dec. 20, at Carbondale’s Independence Run and Hike.
TOP TWENTY-FIVE OVERALL, *Female: 1. Casey Weaver, 17 minutes, 25 seconds; 2. Christian Kerr, 18:26; 3. Sean Van Horn, 18:28; 4. Josh Hejtmanek, 18:48; 5. Henry Barth, 19:27; 6. Benny Smith, 19:35; 7. Ian Richardson, 19:47; 8. Robert Thompson, 20:38; 9. Morgan Neely 20:43; 10. Jeff Randall, 20:45; 11. Kylee Schuler*, 20:53; 12. Patrick Niemer, 21:05; 13. Gus Lundin, 21:19; 14. Jonathan Cappelli, 21:29; 15. Charlie Wertheim, 21:32; 16. Jared Peltzman, 21:38; 17. David Piggolt, 21:56; 18. Craig Burger, 22:16; 19. Kieran LaMee, 22:24; 20. Ron Lund, 22:30; 21. Melissa Goodman*, 22:40; 22. Will Berkheimer, 22:41; 23. John Murray, 22:41; 24. Bob Byram, 23:00; 25. Amy Rollins*, 23:00.
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