Nearly 100 participants turned out for Saturday’s annual Turkey Trot 5K/10K races, held at Davidson Fitness Center.
With the exception of occasional strong gusts, participants enjoyed near-ideal conditions for a fall run, with clear skies and temperatures in the low 50s.
“It’s perfect running weather,” said Jenna Creson, who won the overall female 10K title, crossing the finish line at the 50:29 mark. She also won the female 18 to 29 age group for the 10K.
The overall male and female winners, as well as the male and female winners of six age groups in each race were awarded gift certificates to purchase turkeys.
“I mainly ran it for the food,” said Vadrick Donsbach, 15, who won the overall 10K and the male 11 to 17 age group with a time of 39:26. Donsbach, a freshman runner on the Waynesville High School cross-country team, made plans for the turkey as soon as he finished the race.
“My mom’s going to cook it, and I’m going to eat it,” he said.
Connor Mackey was the first runner to cross the finish line, winning the overall 5K title and the male 18-to-29 age division with a time of 18:08. He was followed closely by Casey Lozano, who was second overall with a time of 18:22.
Mackey said he and Lozano, who are both students in the Chemical Basic Officer Leader Course, were racing each other, “from the first step.”
“To me, it was like running cross country through a park,” said Mackey, who hails from San Diego. “I love (the weather) here, because it’s completely different from home.”
Alexandra Noack was the overall female winner of the 5K and the winner of the race’s female 18-to-29 division. She crossed the finish line with a time of 22:38. Noack was one of several runners who enjoyed the fall color while taking part in the race.
“It’s a nice day out; it’s a good route, and the trees are nice,” she said. “It was a good day to run.”
Other age-group winners in the 5K race included:
— Grace Quander (29:01) won the female 11-to-17 age group;
— Jennah Bluen (27:38) won the female 30-to-39 division;
— Tasha Lockwood (24:35) won the female 40-to-49 division;
— Janell Rowan (28:15) won the female 60-plus division.
— Evan Nitchman (19:27) won the male 11-to-17 age group;
— Stephen Erp (21:46) won the male 30-to-39 division;
— Edson Santos (21:43) won the male 40-to-49 age group;
— Matthew Bekar (33:32) won the male 50-to-59 division.
Other age-group winners in the 10K race included:
— Jordan Nitchman (52:33) won the female 11-to-17 division;
— Alicia Andruchuk (59:46) won the female 30-to-39 age group;
— Gretchen Buette (1:02:27) won the female 40-to-49 division;
— Jesus Cortez (43:01) won the male 18-to-29 age group;
— Marc Parent (39:53) won the male 30-to-39 division;
— Todd Nitchman (47:48) won the male 40-to-49 age group;
— Michael Rogney (1:05:46) took home the award for the male 50-to-59 division.
A total of 61 runners registered for the 5K race, while 31 registered for the 10K.
Further results are available online at itsyourracecom under the “FMWR Annual turkey trot” event listing. Visitors are advised to search for the race by typing the area code 65473 in the search bar.
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Upcoming running events
Fort Leonard Wood’s Turkey Trot is over, but there are still plenty of running events happening in central Missouri during the month of
The following is a list of upcoming races open to area runners:
— The Heroes Marathon from Salem, Missouri, to Rolla includes a 5K, half marathon and full marathon Saturday. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. at Lions Club Park in Rolla. Buses will leave the park for the starting points for other races. Online advance registration is $30 per runner for the 5K, $45 for the 10K, $65 per runner for the half-marathon, $80 per runner for the full marathon. Teams can also sign up for each event, including a marathon relay. To register for the running events, or for more information about the events, visit https://www.heroesmarathon.com.
— The “V22 Running for our Vets” 22-mile foot race is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday starting at the Bennett Spring State Park Tunnel Trail and ending at Atchley Park in Lebanon. Entry fees are $22 per person. The event also includes a fun run/walk at Atchley Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry for the fun run is $11 per runner or $22 per family. To enter, or for more information, call 417.249.1222 or email email@example.com.
Two events take place on Thanksgiving Day:
— The Lebanon Turkey Trot takes place at 8 a.m. Nov. 28, starting at the back entrance of Atchley Park on Brook Street in Lebanon. Registration fees are $30 per runner, with same-day registration starting at 7 a.m. The race also features a “Kids Gobble Wobble” race. Entry is $30 for the kids’ race. A trophy will be awarded to the group with the most participants. Entry forms and more information is available on the “7th Annual Turkey Trot Lebanon MO” Facebook page.
— The Galloping Gobbler 5K begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 28 at Veterans Memorial Park in Rolla. Same-day registration will be held from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. and is $30 per runner. Awards will be presented to the top male and female runners overall and the male and female winners in six age groups. For details, visit https://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=11384.
Got a race?
Do you or your organization have a 5K, 10K or other running event in the Fort Leonard Wood area not included in this list? Send your information to the GUIDON Off Duty section, and we’ll help you promote it. Please include the date, time, starting and ending locations for your race, along with any entry fee or admission prices and a website, social-media page, phone number or email address where runners can get more information. Events must be open to the public. Send your items to Matt Decker, GUIDON assistant editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.