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POLSON — Crisp temperatures greeted more than 145 runners, joggers and walkers who got up early Thursday to pre-burn a few of those Thanksgiving calories during the annual Turkey Trot 5K.

Over the past 12 years, the annual Thanksgiving Day tradition hosted by Polson Running has raised and donated nearly $10,000. This year, they raised $750 for local charitable programs. The $5 race-entry proceeds went toward helping the Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry continue their work feeding families within the Mission Valley. Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry is an organization that works to help people eliminate food disparities and insecurities.

With temperatures lingering around the lower 20s at the start of the race, many organizers affectionately call the race “wobble before you gobble.” Many participants dressed in layers, hats and gloves to keep warm. Some celebratory competitors even completed the Turkey Trot 5K dressed for the occasion in festive turkey-themed outfits.

The racecourse took runners and walkers of all fitness levels from the starting line, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 93 and State Highway 35, down the walking path along Highway 35. It looped through the Mission Bay real estate development area then returned along Highway 35 to the start-finish line in front of the Century 21 office.

Michael Adams got out to an early lead and easily emerged as the overall winner of this year’s race, covering the three-mile course in just over 18 minutes. As a University of Montana cross-country runner and former Polson Lady Pirate, Bea Frissell finished second overall and captured the women’s title for a fourth year in a row. Both runners took home a frozen turkey as their top prize. 

The club’s next sponsored race will be the seventh annual Sorry ‘Bout That Half Marathon on Jan. 11. Check out their website:, for more information.


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