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Record crowd enjoys perfect day at Forth Worth YMCA Turkey Trot

aaron hohn
Aaron Hohn
caroline erlingson
Caroline Erlingson
geoff streit
Geoff Streit

With temperatures starting in the mid-50s and slowly rising, some 12,000 runners and walkers participated in the Fort Worth YMCA's Turkey Trot 5K and 10K on Thursday, Nov. 26, morning. It was perfect running weather to burn those yet-to-come calories from Thanksgiving Dinner as the crowd set a record by surpassing last year's estimated turnout of 9,000.

The venue might need a little tweaking, though, as the last 5K runners and walkers just passed a cross street before the lead runners began coming in. And in the 10K, runners were forced to quickly bunch together as cars parked along both sides of Winthrope narrowed the street and had the runners squeezing in after a short jaunt from the start.

Leading the way in the 5K were Aaron Hohn, 24, a former Colleyville Heritage and Stephen F. Austin graduate now living in Kansas City. He finished in 16:02.4. Hohn said he's training for the 3M Austin Half Marathon on Jan. 24. ``This time was all right, but it was more of a fun run,'' he said as he is nearing 100 miles for the week. The most he has reached before was 97 when in college. His 5K PR, he said was about 15:15.

Caroline Erlingson, 23, a Swede who runs for UT-Arlington, won the female division with an 18:19.7. She said this was only her second road race and was about 10 seconds slower than her PR.

In the 10K,which started an hour after the 5K, Geoff Streit, 30, of Houston won the male division, though he believed he was running second. Mitch Bible, a former Texas A&M runner from College Station, crossed the finish line first but he had failed to pay the extra $2 for a chip and wasn't timed. Streit came in at 33:26 after shedding his closest two competitors with about two miles to go. ''This is my best since college,'' said the former Colorado School of Mines runner.

The 10K female winner was Vanessa Kelley in 40:09. The Keller resident won the 20-mile race at the Fort Worth Marathon on Nov. 8.

There also was a 1K for children. Leashed dogs also were allowed in the races for the third year and with a $10 entry fee.

Fort Worth Turkey Trot, Gallery 1, Nov. 26, 2009

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