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Thursday, November 23, 2000 -- Parkersburg, WV
Parkersburg Turkey Trot 3-Mile Fun Run/Walk
Story and photos by Pat Shreves

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Parkersburg Turkey Trot
Taking off in Parkersburg
It's Thanksgiving again and that means time with family and friends, good food and the Turkey Trot! Some may think it's crazy to get up early on a day when most of us don't have to work and go for a run in 14 degree weather. That's correct, it was 14 degrees just before race time!

Apparently over 700 people didn't think it was crazy. Men, women, boys, girls, babies and even dogs braved the cold to run the course around city park and up and back Washington Street before returning to the start/finish line. Although I did notice when the race official announced "10 minutes until the start" there was a bit of reluctance to journey out of the warm park pavilion into the frosty, but sunny, outdoors.

Since this race is mainly for fun, there was a mass start which included runners and walkers alike. (Most of the dogs were near the back to give the humans a head start.) As the race started, it was clear that some folks came to run a serious race. Larry Taylor was among the leaders as they left the park and headed up Washington Street. The line of participants seemed to be unending as they made their way around the park. As the leaders reentered the park and headed for the finish line, the competition was intense. In the end it was Mikey Guinn in first at 15:37 and Larry Taylor second, at 15:37.5. Third was Jody Morgan at 15:58. The woman's race was won by Kim Dorman in a time of 18:05, second was Missy Spangler at 19:31 and third was Jessica Hill at 20:26.

Parkersburg Turkey Trot
Running for fun...
Speaking with Dorman afterwards, the cold didn't have much effect on her and she didn't really notice it until after the race. Guinn remarked the race was "cold" but the course was nice with the rolling hills. Cross Country experience seemed to pay off in the race, Giunn is a member of the Alderson-Broaddus Cross Country Team and Dorman is a member of the WVU Cross Country team.

In keeping with the holiday theme, the top male and female finishers received a fresh dressed turkey! Lots of other turkeys were given away by random drawing.

Congratulations to St. Joseph's Hospital, Race Director Sharon Hershberger and assistant Kim Salyers and all the volunteers for another great Turkey Trot!