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Turkey Trot race to return on Thanksgiving in Steamboat

Race is set to start at 9 a.m. Thursday

Steamboat Springs runner Dave Carley and his dog, Hazel, participate in the second annual Turkey Trot in Steamboat Springs. This year's event, part of the Steamboat Springs Winter Running Series, will start at 9 a.m. Thursday at Steamboat Springs High School.

— Locals will get the chance Thursday to work off their Thanksgiving day calories before they even put them on.

The Steamboat Springs Winter Running Series' Turkey Trot will return for its third year at 9 a.m. Thursday. The event is a 4.6-mile running race on paved roads in and around Steamboat Springs.

"It's a fun family time, and it's for a good cause," said director Lisa Barbour about the race, which will donate all proceeds to the LIFT-UP of Routt County food bank.

Organizers will be accepting nonperishable food donations at the event. In addition to sneaker-clad runners, it will be open to unicycles, strollers and leashed dogs, as well adaptive athletes with handcycles and wheelchairs.

The event will start at Steamboat Springs High School, push up Amethyst Drive and into Strawberry Park on Routt County Road 36.

The weather Thursday is expected to be cold, though not as cold as last year's race, which left runners returning to the finish line with icicles of frost dangling from their faces.

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"We were surprised how many people came out last year," Barbour said. "People like to do something fun and together on Thanksgiving day, and this is healthy. We've been getting a lot of families."

Interested athletes can register on the day of the race or online at http://www.runningseries.com. The event costs $20 and is the third race of the Steamboat Springs Winter Running Series.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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