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Thursday, November 25, 2004 -- Westernport, MD
Turkey Day 5K Run (iPO Event Id#: 6580)
Story and photos by Julie Black

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Turkey Day
The 5K begins... uphill
The topic of conversation early Thanksgiving morning in Westernport, Maryland was not about fixin's with all the trimmings. "Earn your pie this holiday." said one girl. "How?" said another. "By racing in a 5K, that's how." she said. Yes, many runners and a few walkers did just that on turkey day. Most of the Queen City Striders believe there's not a better way to begin Thanksgiving.

Westernport, Maryland, population 2,064 or so, is not far from the college town of Frostburg. The town sits at approximately 1,100 feet, located in Allegany County which has been dubbed the Maryland Mountainside.

As the course was set, the runners and walkers kept their feet warm, bobbing about at the starting line. Race director, Tom Dawson, fired the gun and over 100 racers were headed uphill on an out and back course.

Turkey Day
Hawkins strides in for the win
About 16 minutes or so later, twenty one year old, Jaron Hawkins (16:35), of Frostburg, MD emerged with a fairly steady lead over Dennis Mickey (16:46). Hawkins, first overall in the 2004 FSU Cable TV-3 Run for Mom 5K, kept his strides high to claim first place, and a pumpkin pie in the Turkey Run. Mickey of Ridgeley, West Virginia, is no stranger to Western Maryland races. He finished third overall in this year's Great Allegany Run. Bruce Dotson of Cumberland, MD, finished third in 17:03. Dotson finished first overall this year in Keyser's Independence Day Run.

Turkey Day
Thanks for the pumpkin pie!
Lynn Bridges of Cumberland, MD held a strong lead throughout to cross the line first for the women in 20:08. Bridges was the second overall female finisher in the 2004 Iron Furnace 5K. Jamie Brant (20:41), took second with Amy Horevay (21:18), in third.

As the racers finished they fled to the American Legion Hall to warm up with free beverages and holiday conversation. Pumpkin pies were awarded to many finishers, as well as trophies. All of the race's proceeds went to benefit the Westmar High School Cross Country Team. Thanks to all who made this event possible and thanks to the Queen City Striders for their great race series.