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Burn some calories at the annual Turkey Trot

The Pagosa Springs Pirate cross country team and the Pagosa Lakes Swim Club — the Porpoises — will host the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. The event will start at 10 a.m. from the recreation center parking lot.

The choice is yours — running a five-mile course or walking the two-mile loop. The five-mile run is mostly paved, with some gravel roads and rolling hills. The walk is over pavement and grass, and flat. This event will happen — snow, rain or shine.

Entry fees for early registration are $25 for individuals and a special family rate of $75. The family rate is available to family members of a single household only (with a maximum of five members). Race day registration fees are $35 individual and $85 family. Entry fee includes a lovely commemorative long-sleeved T-shirt.

Last year, more than 80 men, women, children and dogs participated in the Turkey Trot. Everyone that participated, and I think the dogs included, went home afterwards and indulged in the traditional Thanksgiving meal, knowing they had done their part — one, in helping the swim team and, two, in helping themselves by burning some calories before overloading the body with all the delicious traditional Thanksgiving dinner fare.

After the race, there will be a bake sale. Why slave over the desserts when you can just take care of it while you create a caloric deficit. All proceeds from the trot and bake sale will benefit the cross country team and the swim team. We’ve got to keep these kids active and healthy so they can support us (via social security payments) in our old, old age. And keep yourself healthy with running or walking so you can live long enough to enjoy your social security benefits.

Registration forms for the Turkey Trot are available at the recreation center.

I love this time of year; the upcoming holiday season, I mean. I love the food, the parties with friends and I indulge in both with gusto. Don’t listen to the “health nuts” who give advice on a list of holiday eating dos and don’ts. “Eliminate second helpings, high calorie sauces and desserts made with butter,” they say. Good grief! Don’t skimp on the holidays! Eat sensibly the rest of the year, but give yourself a break at Thanksgiving (and Christmas). Besides, if you are training for the Turkey Trot, you will be burning calories in preparation for feasting. Here’s looking forward to more good eats just round the corner.

Racquetball

It’s been a superb year for racquetball here in Pagosa.

Not only did we field 23 out of the 35 players in our tournament here in Pagosa, but this past weekend 11 Pagosans made the trek down to the Farmington Tournament. Everyone at the tournament was very impressed with the turnout from Pagosa. On the four courts someone from Pagosa was playing a match 90 percent of the time.

Besides having a blast as a Pagosa “team,” some of the specific results were: Todd Ormonde and Chris Smith teamed up to finish fourth in the open doubles division; Jacob Ormonde and Blake Brueckner took first in the men’s B doubles, while Jacob grabbed first in the men’s C singles and second in men’s B singles. It was Jeremiah and Nathan Steed’s first tournament ever! Jeremiah took third in the men’s C division and was only a couple of points from going to the finals. Dave and Jonathan Gustafson placed first in men’s “C” doubles. Other Pagosans who played well were BJ Jones, Sullivan Smith and Allen McIver.

This past week, four players participated in an AmPro Instructor Certification Course to become certified instructors. Our plan here at the recreation center is to be able to offer private and group lessons as well as clinics. If you want to learn a great game that you can play year-round, think racquetball!