Congrats to Kelly Fulton in his debut as a race director. Getting tired of seeing folks from Billings having to travel all the way to Bozeman to get in a Thanksgiving Day race (Huffin For Stuffin) - he decided to do somethng about it. And so, about 10 months ago, the idea of the Run! Turkey Run! was born.
Talk about a resounding success - over 1,500 registered finishers (with a couple hundred more that didn't get registered due to overwhelming race morning demand). Great local press (see Billings Gazette story at http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/inaugural-run-turkey-run-event-attracts-s-raises-thousands/article_97577728-6fff-5894-b2b1-ace68dbc324e.html ), good competition, fun social aspect, great fund raising cause (all proceeds went to the Billings Food Bank). And, the Buzzard's favorite - post race adult beverages courtesy of local breweries.
It's pretty much everything that Billings area runners could hope for to kick off their day of feating and football.
Up front, the race was fast and fairly competitive. Matt Adams (MSU alum) took the win in a speedy 15:11. Clearly, he's kept up the training since his Bobcat days. Second place wen to local stud Alan King in 16:22 with third place going to Zach Hunter in 16:52. 1st Master was Ian Blair of Billings with a nice sub-18 clocking (17:54).
The women't win went to Nicole Lair in 19:23.
Great job Kelly. And kudos to the Billing community for getting behind the event.
See you on the roads, tracks and trails
The Muddy Buzzard