Donner Lake Turkey Trot record falls |

Donner Lake Turkey Trot record falls

Sun Staff report
Mark Nadell/macbethgraphics.comRunners take off from the start of the 34th Annual Turkey Trot this past Sunday. In the lead pack is Jason Walenta (344), Kara LaPoint (362), Kyle Jorgensen (287) and Jeff Camp (272), all of Truckee. In the background is women's winner Regina Curry (274) of Truckee.

A total of 150 runners and walkers completed the 34th Annual Turkey Trot around Donner Lake this past Sunday, with another 45 participating in the Mashed Potato Mile.

The fundraising event raised more than $2,000 for The Auburn Ski Club, which has been organizing the race since 2006.

Running under overcast skies with a cool easterly wind, Jesse Regnien of Walnut Creek finished first in the 7-mile race while setting a new record with a time of 38 minutes and 44 seconds. That beat Bill Raiter’s 2007 record of 40:45.

Truckee’s Regina Curry won the women’s division and placed 13th overall in 46:44. Sara Freitas was the second woman, finishing 20th overall in 48:30, followed by Truckee’s Kara LaPoint (49:01) and Cassidy Cichowicz (49:58) of the Sugar Bowl Academy.

Michael Collins of Carnelian Bay finished runner-up overall to Regnien in 39:14 to also eclipse the previous record. Zach Yeager of Truckee took third overall in 41:13 and was followed by Caesar Garduno (42:51) of Reno, John Dewald (44:13) and Paul Sweeney (44:45) of Truckee.

In the Mashed Potato Mile, 13-year-old Andrew Clusserath from Soda Springs was the fastest boy while 12-year-old Celia Arnold of Reno was the fastest girl. There were four 2-year-olds entered in the event.

Sally Jones, Nordic director at Auburn Ski Club, said this year’s race ran according to plan thanks to volunteers who grabbed shovels and helped clear snow from the parking lot at West End Beach. Participants only had to deal with one snowy patch in Donner State Park.

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