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39th Donner Lake Turkey Trot attracts large field

Staff report
The Donner Lake Turkey Trot attracted a large turnout for its 39th running on Saturday. Find a photo gallery from the event at macbethgraphics.com.
Courtesy Mark Nadell / Macbeth Graphics |

More than 160 people participated in the 39th annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot and Mashed Potato Mile this past Saturday.

Hosted by the Auburn Ski Club Training Center, the 7.2-mile race around Donner Lake took place on a sunny fall morning, with fog lifting just in time for the start.

A couple of runners from Philadelphia claimed victories — with 29-year-old Sean Clark taking the overall win with an impressive time of 40 minutes, 5 seconds, and Bethany Gunther, 27, topping the women’s field and placing eight overall in 48:23.

Gunther edged Christina Mishica (48:28), a cross-country ski coach at the Sugar Bowl Academy, in a sprint to the finish. Ashley French, 33, of Mill Valley was the third woman, in 48:43.

Zach Yeager, 29, of Reno finished second overall with a time of 40:38, while Auburn Ski Club Nordic skier Wyatt Fereday, 27, rounded out the top three in 41:11.

Truckee’s Peter Carroll was fourth (43:50) and was followed by Jim Kaspari of Norden (45:58) and Nate Cutler of Kings Beach (47:41).

Twelve-year-old Hana Mazur of the Auburn Ski Club XC Devo Team won the Mashed Potato Mile in 6:42. Amelia Swanson, also 12 and from Truckee, came in second (6:57), and 12-year-old Diego Rodriguez of Truckee was third (6:57).

Find complete results at the Far West Nordic website and a photo gallery at Macbeth Graphics.