Turkey Trot a big success

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A large and enthusiastic group of runners take off from the starting line at Hoffman Hall for the annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning Thursday. (Photos by Gary Howe)

Numerous walkers also participated in a more relaxed fashion at the annual 5K Run-Walk of the Prairie du Chien Turkey Trot.


Back at it again! Prairie du Chien’s Annual Turkey Trot was another success! There were more than 150 enthusiastic participants, more than 100 pounds of food donated to the Crawford County Food Pantry and over $500 raised! 

The morning was a brisk beautiful fall day. Families and friends enjoyed stretching and reminiscing in the Hoffman Hall gym while signing up for raffle prizes donated by local businesses. 

Finishing first in the men’s division was Paul Otteson of Stoughton who finished in 16 minutes and 24 seconds. The first woman to finish was Morgan Banasik of Prairie du Chien, who crossed the line in 23 minutes. Jason Mathies, of Hampton, Maine, was the first participant under the age of 17, who proudly finished in 16 minutes and 56 seconds. Other notable runners were second and third place in the men’s division, Jake Reuter (16:50) of Platteville and Nathan Bartlett (17:06) of Prairie du Chien.  Finishing in second and third in the women’s division was Katrina Neises (23:04) of Madison and Sandra Mock (23:15) of Hammond, Ind. Finishing second and third in the minors division was Aaron Kleusner (18:46) of Livonia, Mich. and Spencer DeHart (19:56) of Prairie du Chien.

The Turkey Trot would not exist without the collaborative effort, generosity and passion of several volunteers and businesses. Many thanks is given to the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Gary Howe, Eddie’s Irish Pub, Peebles, Pizza Hut, Cafe Hope, Stark’s Sport Shop, People’s State Bank, Quality Beverage, True Value, Sports World, Halpin’s Tire, McDonalds, Wal-Mart, Krachey’s BP, Spring Lake Inn, Leisure Time, Fort Mulligans DH BP North, Papa Murphy’s, Hardees, Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly, Security Finance and of course, you, the community and returning visitors. See you next year!

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