COLORADO SPRINGS — "Conditions are a little sloppy, but in a good way (laugh), should be fun,” said Pikes Peak YMCA Turkey Trot runner, Joshua Camacho. The weather conditions were a big part of the annual Thanksgiving Day tradition in Colorado Springs.
Temperatures at the start were in the low 20's, plows circled the course before the start to clear snowpack and ice, and there was some fog. It did not detract from the event. A runner from Denver named Sarah, said, “It's all about fun. It's just an adventure, anybody can run a 5K on a 60-degree day. How many people can do it when it's 22 degrees?" Sarah was wearing a wonder woman outfit and running partner, Chris, was sporting an aloha shirt and lei. The most popular accessory of the run was runners with some form of a turkey on their head.
There were also serious runners racing for time and a win. The first-place runner finished the 3.1 miles in just over 17 minutes.
The Turkey Trot raises tens of thousands of dollars to support local YMCA programs.