Cowan, Erickson win first annual Turkey Trot
(Island Athletic Events photo)
After days with low clouds and fog, the skies broke over Friday Harbor for a mostly sunny first annual Turkey Trot. Eighty-eight runners and walkers braved chilly but ideal late November temperatures to work off some yet-to-be-eaten calories. Young, old, families and individuals, locals and visitors traveled the 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) out and back course on Lampard Street.
Winning the men's division with a time of 20 minutes, 44 seconds was Friday Harbors Brendan Cowan. The first overall woman was Kim Erickson, also of Friday Harbor, with a time of 23 minutes, 52 seconds. Each walked home with a pumpkin pie as their "first pies trophy". Complete results will be posted at www.sanjuanislandmarathon.com in the near future.
Other winners included the food bank, with nearly 200 cans of food and the Thanksgiving Community Dinner, who will receive the proceeds from the event.
5h Annual Thanksgiving Dinner On SJ
While it was not necessary for Scout Ron Groseclose (photo left) to kill any of the turkeys donated by King's Market, no Thanksgiving dinner is quite complete without a roaring fire in the backgroung. Ron and others were all part of the large team of volunteers from the Grange, American Legion, Kiwanis, Lions, Soroptimists and the Rotary Club who, with additional sponsors Islanders Insurance, Windermere and others, all pitched in to make dinner happen. The first wave of volunteers cooked 23 turkeys and dropped them off at the Grange Hall, where the set-up and decorating crew got to work on the tables and the room in anticipation of the eager eaters that would soon be a part of the gathering of community.
We showed up to do our part (boiled potatoes for the estimated 500 dinners) and found Main Coordinator Minnie Knych had a smoothly operating crew that worked in well timed stages to produce the meals. Once the 23 turkeys and all the food was ready to go, dinner was served.
All ready to go.
All that was left was for the clean-up volunteers to do their part, and then start thinking about next year.