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Turkey trotting around Donner Lake

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunJamie Adams of Kings Beach leads a pack of some 140 racers at the start of the 31st Annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot, a 7-mile race around the lake, on Sunday. Adams placed second overall with a time of 41:25.9. Bill Raitter of Reno won in 40:45.1.

Bill and Sarah Raitter of Reno were the first male and female runners to cross the finish of the 31st Annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot on Sunday.

Bill Raitter completed the 7-mile run in 40:45.1, while his wife Sarah placed sixth overall in 44:44.8.

An Auburn Ski Club Junior Nordic fundraiser, the annual race drew 180 registrants, 140 of whom finished the run, said Sally Jones, Nordic program director for Auburn Ski Club.

“We’re delighted to see 180 people, but we’d still like to see more next year,” said Jones, adding that only 120 runners participated in last year’s event. Jones estimates that Sunday’s Turkey Trot brought in more than $1,000 for the Junior Nordic program.

Jamie Adams of Kings Beach placed second overall in 41:25.9, followed by Truckee’s Peter Fain (41:43.1), Ross McMahan of Incline Village (43:05.3) and Jakub Benes of Soda Springs (43:21.3). Vic Vicari was seventh (46:40.6), Martin Benes eighth (46:41.1), Jenelle Borden of Olympic Valley ninth (48:48.1) and Jeff Schloss of Truckee 10th (48:48.2).

In addition to the 7-mile Turkey Trot, which began and ended at West End Beach, the event hosted the 1-mile Mashed Potato Mile for children.

John Dewalt, 12, placed first in the Mached Potato Mile in 08:17.0, and Truckee’s Madison Richey, 11, was the first girl, finishing in 09:38.7.

For complete results visit http://www.auburnskiclub.org.

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