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In the Community: Turkey trotting and some national qualifiers

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Published: November 25, 2019, 6:30pm

Turkey trotting around Clark County began Saturday with the Clark County Running Club’s Turkey Trot 5K at the Vancouver waterfront.

There were 117 participants with CCRC giving away 20 turkeys.

Isaac Hayden, 28, of Denver, Colo., finished the 5K first with a time of 18 minutes, 33 seconds.

Suzie Johnson, 16, was the first female runner to cross the finish line. Her time was 21:26.

There are a few more Turkey Trots in the area for those seeking a pre-meal challenge:

• The Clark County Turkey Trot 5K/10K to benefit the Clark County Food Bank is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Salmon Creek and Klineline Pond.

Entry fee is $30 for all races and includes T-shirt, goodie bag and post-race energy food and coffee.

Packet pick-up is from noon-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Clark County Food Bank, 6502 N.E. 47th Ave., in Vancouver.

There will also be a Polar Bear Plunge, which is $5

More information and to register, visit www.turkey-trot.org.

• The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation is hosting its Turkey Trot Walk/Run at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

This 5K and 10K event starts and finishes at Union Ridge Elementary School. Registration fees range from $15 to $30. Race participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items when they pick up their race packets on Nov. 27.

Go online to www.ridgefieldpsf.org/events to register or get more details.

• The Clark County Running Club is holding a Heritage Trail Run at 10 a.m. on Saturday. There are 3-, 5- and 7-mile courses. Visit clarkcountyrunningclub.org for details.

Local runners qualify for Junior Olympic nationals

The Vancouver-based Whisper Running club has qualified 38 competitors for the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics cross country nationals from results at the Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday.

To qualify for nationals from a regional meet a runner must finish in the top 30 or be on a team in the top 5.

Sam Soto, a student at Gaiser Middle School, won the boys 11-12 age group 3K race with a time of 10 minutes, 3.49 seconds. He is Whisper Running’s first regional champion.

Other highlights for Whisper Running included:

In the girls 8U 2K run, Sofia Soto, a student at Harney Elementary, was second overall in 8:57.23.

In the girls 11-12 3K, Abby Gavora, a student at Our Lady of Lourdes, was eighth in 11:08.3 as the team finished in second place.

In the girls 13-14 4K, Alexis Leone of Skyridge Middle School, was fourth (15:15.18), Sara Cordova of Seton Catholic High, was eighth (15:21.71) and Elle Thomas of Jemptegaard Middle School, was ninth (15:21.95) as Whisper won the team title.

Katelyn Flolo, a student at Camas High, was second in the girls 15-18 5K race in a personal best time of 19:01.03. Ashley McKinstry of Camas High was sixth (20:00.66), and Kira Mahaffy was eighth (20:10.58). They also won the team title.

In the boys 15-18 5K, Joseph Blanshan of La Center High School, was fifth in 16:21.6 as the team placed fourth.

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