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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 14, 2017

Parks and Rec host Turkey Trot 2017 at Chautauqua Park

By Justin Webster | Nov 20, 2017
Photo by: Justin Webster/Ledger photo Free turkey winners were, from left, Dean Pettit, Gatlon Coop, Deb Arnold, Carter Stutzman and Ashley Bloomquist.

Chautauqua Park used to host massive gatherings where information was shared and adult education was spread.

Saturday, with the help of the Fairfield Parks and Rec crew, it hosted 35 brave souls that sought out a nice turkey trot on a brisk, rainy, 40-degree morning.

Recreations Superintendant Preston Roberts says that the event is one of many run/walks hosted by Parks and Rec in the community each year, and the turkey trot itself has been around about 15 years. Hy-Vee donated the five turkeys that were given to winners randomly drawn from the group of paid participants. Winners included Dean Pettit, Ashley Bloomquist, Gatlon Coop, Carter Stutzman and Deb Arnold.

Calvin Todd, Director of Parks and Recreation, said, “You don’t have too many communities like Fairfield that have 10 beautiful parks; we manage eight miles of rail trail; we have a top-of-the-line sports plex and rec center.” He added, “You don’t really see too many towns with a population of our size that have the facilities that we do, so we’re blessed to have them.”

Most of the runners finished the 5k in 20-30 minutes, with the mile walkers enjoying the scenary at little slower pace, but in about the same amount of time on their shorter trail. For the record, I believe I was the only “paid participant” that did not complete the course as I only went about half-way to the halfway point, taking photos in the rain. However, I did get my very cool free T-shirt for registering ahead of time.

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