Race gets runners in the holiday spirit

Hannah Grover
hgrover@daily-times.com

FARMINGTON – More than 200 runners and walkers celebrated the holiday season with the Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble downtown on Saturday.

The fifth annual race is one of many Turkey Trots across the nation, and the event raised money for the Blue Star Mothers.

The course starts and finishes at Orchard Park and takes runners 3.1 miles through downtown.

First-place runner Timberlin Henderson prepares to cross the finish line with a time of 16:27 on Saturday during the annual Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble in Farmington.

"It sure does showcase the town in a good light," said Jody Carman, a spokeswoman for the Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department.

While the race is an opportunity to have fun, several serious runners show up every year.

This year, local native Timberlin Henderson finished first with a time of 16 minutes and 27 seconds. This was the first year Henderson had competed in the Turkey Trot, and he took a wrong turn, which contributed to what he said was a "slow" time.

"I haven't run a 5k in a while," Henderson said.

Sarah Smagacz crosses the finish line on Saturday during the annual Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble in Farmington.

He decided to run the Turkey Trot while on Thanksgiving break from Western Colorado State University, where he runs on the cross-country and track teams.

Sarah Smagacz, 17, was the first-place female finisher. The Durango High School junior finished in 20 minutes and 24 seconds. She said she has run the race four times and last year finished third on the women's side.

Nayomi Johnson, 4, of Farmington, plays a game on Saturday during the annual Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble in Farmington.

"There are some hills, but none of them are super hard," Smagacz said.

Her sister, Anna, 15, and brother, David, 11, finished the race behind her. The three siblings have been running recreationally since elementary school, and Sarah and Anna Smagacz compete in high school cross-country.

David said he enjoys the competition provided at the Turkey Trot.

Runners start the race heading down Main Street on Saturday during the annual Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble in Farmington.

"It's a little bit competitive for me," he said.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.