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Turkey Trot to return Thursday in Steamboat

— Sure, there's turkey, gravy and stuffing, but what's Thanksgiving Day without a little roll?

The fourth annual Turkey Trot has proven a reliable source of rolling in recent years, and the annual 4.6-mile race is expanding upon that idea this year.

Unicyclists joined the waves of runners in years past. They'll be welcomed back this year along with, for the first time, skateboarders.

"A friend with the Sk8 Church thought it would be fun, and I thought so, too," Winter Running Series Director Lisa Barbour said. "You see people commuting downtown on skateboards. I want to see someone skateboard 4.6 miles. It's my challenge to them."

The race begins before the big meal at 9 a.m. Thursday at Steamboat Springs High School. The event costs $20 for adults, and children will pay their age (no matter the mode of transportation). Food donations for LIFT-UP of Routt County will be collected, and all the money raised will go to support the nonprofit, as well.

The out-and-back course is entirely on pavement and heads out into Strawberry Park, along Amethyst Drive, then onto Routt County Road 36. It's hard to stress the degree to which all comers are welcome.

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"We will have walkers, runners, adaptive athletes, people with strollers, dogs on a leash, unicycles and, this year, skateboards," Barbour said.

Whether it's been the policy of inclusion or a desire to get a jump-start on those incoming calories, the race has been a hit since it debuted in 2009. The weather often has been cold, and the 2010 race left runners with thick growths of ice sprouting from their eyelashes and other facial hair. None of that stopped them, however.

"Last year, we had almost 200 people," Barbour said. "I expect a similar amount.

"It's been great because we have really been able to give a lot of money to LIFT-UP. When I dropped off the check last year, I said, 'I wish it was more,' but they said, ‘A little goes a long way,' so this is a good thing."

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