Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hailey Turkey Trot celebrates 10 years

Thanksgiving community event

    The Hailey Turkey Trot is back for its 10th anniversary when the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) holiday event begins at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, from Sturtos in Hailey.
    Proceeds benefit Souper Supper that provides hot meals for families and individuals in need, as well as the self-esteem building after-school program Girls on the Run.
    Donations of non-perishable items to restock the Souper Supper pantry will be collected at the starting line Thursday.
    The family-friendly commu-nity 5k run/walk starts and finishes at Sturtos. The course weaves through the scenic Draper Preserve and Della View neighborhood. Strollers, kids on bikes and dogs on leashes are welcome to partici-pate.
    “It’s a social gathering,” said event organizer Daryl Fauth of chief race sponsor Blaine County Title. “It really gets everyone in the holiday mood.”
    Today, Wednesday is the final day of pre-event registra-tion at the rate of $15 adults, $10 children 17-and-under or $40 for families. Race-day sign-ups on Thursday will be accepted, but the fees will rise to $30 adults, $20 children and $70 families.
    Sign-ups will be accepted in person today, Wednesday dur-ing the official bib bag pick-up process from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hailey office of Blaine County Title located in the E.G. Willis building above Shorty’s Diner. The first 500 registrants get a Turkey Trot beanie.
    You can also sign-up online at through mid-night today, Wednesday.
    Last year, the community race attracted 600 competitors, an event record. Ben Stout won the race last year with a course-record time of 17:06. Chase Eng-land came in second overall at 17:16. Ryan Yates finished third at 17:57.
    Pedro Morales (the 2011 race winner) had a solid time last year of 18:15. The top female finishers last year were Tiffany Larson at 20:38, Angenie McCleary 21:04, and Julie Sie-gel and Jennifer Schwartz tied with times of 23:00.
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