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Turkey Trot benefits Fraser Creative Learning Center

Grand County, Colorado

About 120 people participated in the first Fraser Creative Learning Center Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.

“We were hoping for 100, but it was great to be over 100,” said Collette Schoenegge, who did the announcing and handing out of hens.

The run, walk, and “waddle” 3.5-mile race began at 9 a.m. at Fraser’s High Country Stampede Rodeo parking lot.

The top five male and female runners and walkers each received a rock Cornish game hen. Four other hens went to some of the top waddlers.

The top male winner was Dave Cleveland, 44, of Fraser, who lives near the trail system and takes advantage of running on it. His time was 22:09.

“It was a great race,” said the top female winner, Raili Filion, from Louisville, who had a time of 26:40. “There was a lot of downhill so it made me nervous for the uphill.”

The first boy to cross the finish line was Ben Hogan, 11.

“It was awesome,” said the Louisville resident. “It felt like more than 3.5 miles.”

Adam Freeman, 11, of Granby finished the race shortly after. “It was fun ” it was icy and slippery, though,” he added.

All proceeds will benefit the Fraser Creative Learning Center. Funds will pay for Native American items to complement the Creative Learning Center’s Tepee.

“All of our kids went to the learning center,” said Dave Zink, who ran the race with family members. “This is so much easier than digging holes for a playground.”

David Freeman, 41, of Granby also noted that the race was a good way to work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner. He also participated in the race with several family members.

“It’s just a fun event for families to come out on Thanksgiving morning,” said Sally Harrison, Fraser Creative Learning Center assistant director. “I think we’ll definitely do it again.”

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or klooby@grandcountynews.com.

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