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Turkey Trot tradition returns to Polson

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POLSON — The Polson Running club hosted its in-person turkey day running tradition on Thursday morning.

With a few people bringing their four-legged companions to run beside them, nearly 100 people ran, walked and jogged their way through the club’s annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K. 

The course took turkey trotters 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 neighborhood then returned along Highway 35 to the start-finish line in front of the Century 21 office.

A grand prize of a frozen turkey was awarded to the first finishing female and male runners.

Chase Greene of Missoula was the men’s division and overall winner of this year’s event crossing the finish line with an unofficial time of time of 14:47. Maddy Hamilton, also of Missoula, finished as the ladies’ division winner.

While the race gave runners the opportunity to keep in shape and burn a few calories off before a nice Thanksgiving Day meal, the Turkey Trot is also a fundraiser. The proceeds will benefit the Polson Loaves and Fish Pantry, an organization that helps area families in need of food assistance.

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