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Mountain Mayhem: Thanksgiving traditions

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem

Last Thursday, locals marked the Thanksgiving holiday with various traditions such as running in a socially distanced race to cutting down a Christmas tree in the forest to small dinners at home with family.

The Town of Carbondale presented a Turkey Trot to kick off Thanksgiving Day in a safe way. For Natasha Lucero-Conklin, participation in this race has become a tradition over the past several years. “Typically these races gather large crowds of participants and spectators,” Lucero-Conklin described.

“While this year looked much different because of COVID, this is one of the few local races I know of that didn’t move to a virtual/run-on-your-own platform. I was very impressed with the Town of Carbondale’s approach and execution of the race. Masks and safe social distancing were required for check-in, and a hands-free water bottle refill station was provided. Race coordinators started 10 runners every 10 minutes between 9 and 10:30 a.m. I participated in the 5k run (and a one-mile course was also an option), and I really enjoyed the creativity of the course that took us on dirt single-track, gravel and asphalt along the Rio Grande trail in Carbondale. I was excited to see – from a safe distance – many of my friends and their families out there participating, too. It almost felt normal. In this time of uncertainty and chaos, I am thankful for my health and ability to participate in activities like this – for my own well-being and to support our amazing community and all of the efforts being made to bring people together in some capacity,” she said.



For a renewed Thanksgiving tradition, the Phillips family of Aspen went on an adventure, cutting down their Christmas tree with a US Forest Service permit.

“It was a renewed tradition,” Ali Phillips explained, “as the last time we did it was ten years ago of off Express Creek Road. This year for a new twist – our girls can now carry it out with us! We’re definitely going do it every year again going forward.”



Intimate Thanksgiving dinners at home with immediate family were status quo this season. Dick Jackson and Paulina Vander Noordaa had dinner at their house in Basalt with their daughter, Tashi. Liam and Candace Sipsey celebrated their first Thanksgiving as a family with baby daughter Blake. “Last year I found out I was pregnant just two days before Thanksgiving,” said Candace. This year, they enjoyed the holiday with their new addition. Also, this year was Candace’s first time cooking a turkey dinner.


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