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McKee Medical Center Turkey Trot issues Middle School Challenge


LOVELAND, CO (Nov. 7, 2013) – The Loveland or Berthoud middle school that has the most participants in the 2013 Turkey Trot at McKee Medical Center is in for an early Christmas present: a $250 grant courtesy of the McKee Medical Center Foundation.

The foundation, which organizes the annual 5K Thanksgiving Day race, has challenged seven middle schools to compete and see which school can send the most runners to this year’s race. The schools are Bill Reed, Conrad Ball, Lucille Erwin, Loveland Classical Schools, New Vision Charter, Turner and Walt Clark middle schools. Lucile Erwin received the grant in 2012.

The winning school will receive the grant, which can be used for a health or wellness related purpose, said Dawn Paepke, McKee Medical Center Foundation events coordinator.

Race fees and sponsorship contributions benefit the Heart Watchers Rehabilitation Program at McKee Medical Center.

The race on Nov. 28 begins on Hoffman Drive just north of McKee Medical Center and proceeds north to 37th Street to the bike path at Boyd Lake. It then turns south and heads back to 18th Street where it finishes at McKee Medical Center. This route is wide open and beautiful, offering a great run for more than 2,300 Loveland residents who value fitness and family time before the big feast. The Turkey Trot is a 3.1-mile run and begins at 8:30 a.m.

Individuals may register for the Turkey Trot in one of four ways: 1) register online at 2) printout a registration form at and mail it in 3) register in person at Altitude Running, 150 E. Harmony Road in Fort Collins or Runner’s Roost, at Harmony and Ziegler in Fort Collins 4) or register the day of the race starting at 6:30 a.m.

Race fees are $26 for adults and $16 for kids 12 and under until Nov. 26.  After Nov. 26, race fees are $35 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and under. Team registrations of three or more are $20 each before Nov. 26 and $35 after.

Prizes will go to the top overall male and female and male and female Masters runners along with the top three in each age group. Prizes for Largest Team and Best Team Time will also be awarded.  Door prizes donated by area businesses will be given away during the awards ceremony.

For more information about the school challenge or the race, please call Dawn Paepke at (970) 203-2519.

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