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Letter: Come out and cheer 10K participants

On Saturday, approximately 550 runners will be participating in the Turkey Day 10K (6.2 miles) roadrace. This will be the 29th consecutive year this event has been held in conjunction with Worthington's annual Turkey Day celebration. The run, which is one of the largest in the tri-state area, attracts competitors from all across the Midwest; in 2007, they came from 14 different states. This year's field of entrants will be very similar. There will be runners of all ages, ranging in age from 10 to 80 years.

Every year, we hear many favorable comments regarding Worthington's enthusiastic spectators. This is one of the event's features that have contributed to the run's reputation as "not your ordinary roadrace." The crowds of onlookers around Lake Okabena and up and down the 10th Street parade route have helped to create the feeling of a big-city race in a small-town atmosphere.

We would like to encourage you, your friends, and neighbors to continue the tradition of welcoming the runners to Worthington. The race will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of 10th Street and Seventh Avenue. The competitors will race down 10th Street and circle Lake Okabena counter-clockwise before finishing downtown in front of the county government center.

Thanks again for your help in making the Turkey Day 10K a special event for our out-of-town guests.