11th Annual Turkey Trot Returns to the Grand Valley

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The annual Turkey Trot has made it's way back to the Grand Valley.

"It's just a family fun event and all the money goes towards a great cause," said Matt Carson, Captain with the Grand Junction Fire Department.

It's an event people look forward to all year long, with over 1,800 participants.

"This is absolutely the biggest we've had. What a great event and what a good day for it too," said Carson.

The race started off a bit easier, with a 1K beginning at 9 a.m. The 5K began shortly after at 9:30. Nonetheless, these racers were in it to win it.

"I practiced with my mom and my brother," said Reece Bovee, 1st Place Winner in the 1K.

"I ran across three blocks in a row," said Henry Scarpulla, 2nd Place Winner in the 1K.

The best part of it all -- it was all for a good cause.

"The Grand Junction Firefighter Foundation puts about $54,000 dollars back into the community with this race," said Carson.

All of the money helps provide funding for scholarships, as well as for children and citizens in need.

So although many are in it for some friendly competition, most can agree it's about spending the holidays with the people who matter the most.

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