Second annual Aspen Turkey Trot is Thursday |

Second annual Aspen Turkey Trot is Thursday

Aspen turkey trot co-founder Dan Dangler and his daughter, Anna, at Wagner Park on Tuesday.
Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times |


What: Second Annual Aspen Turkey Trot

When: Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: Aspen Golf Club

Cost: Registration for Turkey Trot 5K is $35 until 12 p.m. today; after 12 p.m., registration is $40. Registration for Kids 1K Fun Run is $15.

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After a successful inaugural event, the second annual Aspen turkey trot returns Thursday.

A turkey trot is a fun run that’s held on or around Thanksgiving Day in cities and communities nationwide in an effort to bring people together for the holiday and encourage extra calorie burning before feasting.

Upon realizing two years ago that Aspen lacked such an event, seven friends involved with Aspen Young Life vowed to start one via the nonprofit organization.

“For Aspen not to have a turkey trot seemed odd” given how active people are, said Aspen turkey trot co-founder Dan Dangler. “So we’re trying to fill a little niche that we found.”

Aspen Young Life hosts the local turkey trot, which kicks off at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Aspen Golf Club.

The purpose of Aspen’s turkey trot is to offer a fun family event for the community while introducing people to Young Life, according to Aspen Young Life’s website.

The 3.1-mile race, which is equivalent to a 5K run, winds through the golf course and neighborhoods on Cemetery Lane and Silver King Drive, Dangler said.

The turkey trot also will offer a 1K run open to children of all ages.

Overall, Dangler said the first turkey trot last year “went really well.”

“We had no idea what to expect but the weather was great, we had a great turnout and we’re hoping for the same thing this year,” he said.

He estimated that about 130 people, including former cyclist Lance Armstrong, ran in the 2015 event.

While Dangler said he hopes the lack of snow on the slopes draws more participants this year, he said, “Ultimately, skiing or not skiing, people who want to run and have some fun with their family will show up.”

“And since it’s a 5K, it’s not a huge chunk of their day and it’s something families can enjoy together,” he added.

The first-place male and female runner will receive a free Thanksgiving turkey courtesy of event sponsor Clark’s Market.

Alpine Bank of Aspen and ANB Bank also are sponsoring the turkey trot.

All event proceeds will fund scholarships for children from Aspen to Rifle to attend summer camp, Dangler said.

Costumes are encouraged and raffle prizes will be awarded.

For more information on the Aspen turkey trot, contact Dangler at 970-948-1201 or race director Chris Field at 561-676-7299.

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