37th annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot | TheUnion.com

37th annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot

The Auburn Ski Club Training Center will host the annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot run around Donner Lake on Saturday, Nov. 16. The seven-mile race begins with walkers starting at 9:30 a.m. from West End beach. At 10 a.m., kids can compete in the “Mashed Potato” mile that starts and finishes at West End beach. Turkey Trot runners start at 10:30 a.m. Pumpkin pies and turkeys will be raffled, and all kids in the Mashed Potato mile will be given awards.

The event, now in its 37th year, is a fundraiser for the ASC Training Center Junior Cross Country skiing programs based on Donner summit. Online pre-registration is $15 for adults, $10 for those age 18 and under and $5 for the Mashed Potato mile. After online registration (http://www.truckeefunrun.com) closes at 4 p.m. on the Nov. 15, runners can register at West End beach on race day from 9 to 10 a.m. Race day registration is $25 for adults, $20 for those under age 18, and $10 for the Mashed Potato mile.

According to race founder Peter Werbel, the race was started as a purely “for the fun of it” event that always happened, rain, snow or shine. The first race attracted 96 runners in 25-degree weather, and Bob Woodcliff was the winner with a time of 43 minutes, 35 seconds. More than 200 runners are expected for the 2013 event, carrying on the tradition of a fun event for all ages and abilities.

The ASC Training Center and programs are open to everyone. ASC grooms 20K of cross country ski trails that are open to members and the public, Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 a.m .to 4:30 p.m. ASCTC is known for high quality grooming and high level competitions. ASCTC offers a wide range of cross country, snowboarding, alpine gate training and biathlon programs. For more information about programs and activities, visit http://www.auburnskiclub.org, email info@assoc.auburnskiclub.org or call 530-426-3313.

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