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Running: Turkey Day 10K is an early-bird race

WORTHINGTON -- Participants, organizers and volunteers associated with the King Turkey Day 10K race are called upon to be early birds this year. The 10K and 5K races and the 5K walk will all start at the same time, and earlier.

“We’re excited about it,” said Andy Johnson, YMCA Director and CEO. “We keep trying to do different things that will create more interest. And one of the things the runners requested was an earlier start.”

So the competitors -- with the runners moving to the front of the starting line and the walkers filling in behind -- will start at 9 a.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 15) from Seventh and 10th streets in downtown Worthington. All will finish at Third and 10th.

Results will be posted just outside the finish line, and an awards presentation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. That will allow runners and walkers who are interested in the full schedule of activities on King Turkey Day to take them all in.

Since 1980 the King Turkey Day 10K race has become one of the area’s premier road racing events. Started by the Okabena Bay Area Striders, a men’s running club, the event has been overseen by the Worthington Area YMCA since 2016.

In its heyday during the 1990s, as many as 600 or 700 runners competed in the 10K. Numbers have diminished since then, but it still brings hundreds to downtown during the annual King Turkey Day city celebration.

“We’re excited about what looks to be a great day,” said Johnson.

Complete results will be posted at

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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