Runners in the seventh annual Turkey Dash for Diabetes on Thanksgiving morning in downtown Osakis didn't let 20-degree temperatures and an icy wind stop them.
Starting in front of O-Town Tavern, they completed a 5K race or 3.2 miles and then warmed up inside the tavern, where door prizes and the winning runners were announced. A half-mile kids' run was also part of festivities.
Nearly 100 people registered for the event. Here were the winners and their times:
Men’s first place — Brent Blommel (22:35).
Men's second place — Nick Grundman (22:59).
Women’s first place — Audrey Blommel (25:16).
Women's second place — Sarah Branstad (25:28).
All proceeds from the event will go toward sending local kids with Type 1 diabetes to Camp Needlepoint in Hudson, Wisconsin. The camp’s purpose is to provide a fun and safe camping experience for children living with diabetes, giving them the opportunity to meet other kids just like them, as well as help them gain confidence and independence in managing their diabetes.
About $3,000 was raised this year — enough to send almost five kids to the camp, noted organizer Savannah Walsh.
Walsh started the Turkey Dash, inspired by her brother, Joey, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11 in 2009.