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The Turkey Leg field heads south on Lakeland Avenue on a breezy, 22-degree morning. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

Running: 482 runners get Leg up on Thanksgiving

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WILLMAR — On Thanksgiving 482 runners, plus walkers, got up early to do the Turkey Leg 5k, a 3.1 mile run on the southeast city streets.


With the temp at 22 degrees for the 8 a.m. start at the YWCA, participants easily earned a second helping of mashed potatoes and stuffing later in the day.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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