Community notebook: Thanksgiving means Turkey Trot




Preparing to get stuffed this Thanksgiving? Better look for a way to run it off.

Many around the area will be taking part in the Clark County Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

The 5K/10K event is sold out, but that doesn’t mean spectators can’t head out to the start line at Salmon Creek Park or the finish at Klineline Pond to cheer on runners.

The both races begin at 9 a.m.

Packet pickup for registered racers is noon-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Clark County Food Bank, 6202 N.E. 47th Ave., in Vancouver.

If you missed out on the Turkey Trot, head out to Lacamas Lake at 10 a.m. Saturday for the Heritage Trail 3-, 5- and 7-mile Trail Run put on by the Clark County Running Club.

The race starts on the east end of the trail by the boat dock.

As the CCRC website states: “It is a great way to burn off the turkey from Thanksgiving or test your fitness in preparation for the Vancouver Lake Half-marathon in January.”

For more information, visit

December runs

CCRC has two events on its December calendar.

The first is the Phil Phmister Memorial Run at Lincoln School at 10 a.m. Dec. 16.

It’s a hilly 4.4-mile run, which the club says was one of Phmister’s favorite.

The other event is the Pacific Park Runs at 10 a.m. Dec. 23. Runners have 45 minutes to do as many 1.4-mile laps as they can.

Winter baseball, softball camps

The Trapper Winter Baseball/Softball Camp is scheduled for Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at the Fort Vancouver High School gym.

Cost is $10 per session or $20 for all three.

Grades 1-4 will meet from 12:30-2:30 p.m., and grades 5-6 from 3-5 p.m.

The Dec. 3 session will focus on hitting; Dec. 10 on fielding, and Dec. 17 on pitching.

For more information contact Owen Frasier at 360-798-0791 or email

River grad excels in equestrian

Hannah McDonald, a Columbia River graduate, is making an impact for the University of Tennessee Martin equestrian team.

She scored her team points in the reining competition on both days of the at the Masterson Farm’s Invitational Nov. 9-10.

Last month she earned the most outstanding performance in reining against Miami of Ohio.

Whisper running team qualifies for nationals

The Whisper Running Team’s girls ages 13-14 qualified for Nationals in Tallahassee, Fla., after placing fifth at the USATF Cross-Country Regional Meet at Woodland Park in Seattle.

Team members are Kira Mahaffy (top placer 18th in 16:03). Katelyn Flolo, Kiley O’Brien, Candi Owen, Abby Wall, Callie Ulin, Ashley McKinstry, and Emily Rosenkranz.

Also qualifying for nationals were Michael McCoy in the 13-14 age group (13th in 3K race, 12:21), and Sara Cordova in 11-12 age group (19th, 12:12).