First place winner in the Turkey Trot costume contest was Dustin Holmes. (Johnson Publications photo)

First to cross the finish line in the Turkey Trot 5K was Craig Wenzlick of Frederick, Colo. (Johnson Publications photo)

Second place winners in the Turkey Trot costume contest were the “Thanksgiving Indians,” Julie Sparrow, left, and Ashli Maris. (Johnson Publications photo)

Zion Lutheran Church celebrates 100th with Turkey Trot

    The Zion Lutheran Church of Imperial has been scheduling special events each month since January to celebrate their 100th year anniversary.
    November’s event was a Turkey Trot on Saturday morning, beginning and ending at the church.
    “This was the first event of this kind we have planned, and we thought it was  fitting since Thanksgiving is coming up,” said Rev. David Kahle, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church.
    The event was sponsored by the church’s committee for the 100th anniversary.
    Mary Haarberg, race coordinator, said there were total of 42 participants in the two Turkey Trot races with many decked out in Thanksgiving-theme garb.
    “The costumes were amazing and very creative,” she said.
    First place in the costume competition was Dustin Holmes’ “turkey on wheels.” Holmes received a turkey.
    Second place in the costume division was the team of Ashli Maris and Julie Sparrow as “Thanksgiving Indians.”
    Shelley Mitchell, Becky Bernard and Desiree Loeffler won third as the “Super Foods Turkeys.” Each participant in second and third place received cornish hens.
    The first race was the one-mile Gobble Wobble. First place winner was 11-yr-old Jason Nelson from Imperial with a time of 7:25. Jason won a turkey. The second and third place participants won cornish hens. All participants in the Gobble Wobble received  a participation medal.
    The second race was a 5K. Craig Wenzlick from Frederick, Colo., came in first with a time of 25:07. Wenzlick won the overall men’s division, receiving a turkey.
    The women’s overall first place winner was Amber Grosbach, also receiving a turkey.

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