39th Donner Lake Turkey Trot attracts large field
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).