40th Donner Lake Turkey Trot to be held Nov. 5 in Truckee | SierraSun.com

40th Donner Lake Turkey Trot to be held Nov. 5 in Truckee

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The 40th Donner Lake Turkey Trot, a run or walk that begins and ends at Truckee's West End Beach, will take place Saturday, Nov. 5.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Auburn Ski Club Training Center, based at Donner Summit, will host the 40th Donner Lake Turkey Trot, a run or walk that begins and ends at West End Beach and goes all the way around Donner Lake, on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The seven-mile events begin at 9:30 a.m. with the non-competitive walk. At 10 a.m. participants can compete in the “Mashed Potato Mile,” a one-mile fun run that also starts and finishes at West End Beach. The official seven-mile Turkey Trot race will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Pumpkin pies, turkeys and other Thanksgiving-themed prizes will be raffled off after the racers have finished (timing ends at noon). There will also be lots of great raffle prizes sponsored by Tahoe Mountain Sports. The overall male and female winners will take home prizes, and all kids in the Mashed Potato Mile will receive awards as well.

The event is a fundraiser for the ASC Training Center Junior Cross Country skiing programs. Pre-registration is open at Tahoe Mountain Sports at 11200 Donner Pass Road, Unit No. 5e, Truckee. All people who pre-register will get a commemorative 40th anniversary travel mug.

Race costs are $25 for adults, $15 for kids 18 and under, and $10 for the Mashed Potato Mile. Registration closes at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. Participants can still register at West End Beach on race day from 8:30-9 a.m. Race day registration is $40 for adults, $25 for 18 and under, and $20 for the Mashed Potato Mile.

According to race founder Peter Werbel, the Turkey Trot was started as a purely “for-the-fun-of-it” event that always happened, rain, snow or shine. The first race attracted 96 runners in 25 degree weather, and Bob Woodcliff was the winner with a time of 43 minutes, 35 seconds.

Last year’s Turkey Trot winner was Sean Clark, from Philadelphia, in an impressive 40 minutes, 5 seconds. The female winner was Bethany Gunther, also from Philadelphia, with a time of 48 minutes, 23 seconds.

More than 250 people are expected to enter the 2016 events, carrying on the tradition of fun for participants and spectators of all ages and abilities.

This article was provided by the nonprofit ASC Training Center. For more information, visit http://www.auburnskiclub.org, email info@assoc.auburnskiclub.org or call 530-426-3313.