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Tribune photos by Rand Middleton Part of the record field of 522 runners/walkers at the 6th annual Turkey Leg 5k set off headed south on Lakeland Avenue at the YMCA shortly after 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.

Running: 522 thankful for chance to run in chilly Turkey Leg 5K

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By Rand Middleton

WILLMAR -- The Turkey Leg 5k road race began in 2007 with 106 individuals starting Thanksgiving Day with a calorie burner.

By last Thanksgiving, the number of runners and a few walkers had climbed to 340.

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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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