Eric Bostrom, wearing a camo jacket, orange vest and running shorts, seemed to keep his distance from his wife and sister-in-law for much of the 2011 YMCA Turkey Trot 5K.
Perhaps symbolically, he closed in at the finish line on the two, who happened to be wearing matching turkey suits.
Sisters Robin Whitehead and Rhonda Bostrom race-walked the first portion of the race, then slow-cooking it to about the halfway mark before they ran, as best they could, in the outfits Whitehead made. Rhonda Bostrom said the ample midsection of her race wear forced her to keep her arms high the entire time.
The Thanksgiving morning race allowed her and her running partners to spend much of looping course at Lincoln Memorial Park contemplating what they would eat at Whitehead's home later.
"I can have four pieces of pecan pie now," Eric Bostrom said.
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"We're totally guilt-free," Whitehead said.
Some of the trotters Thursday wore aprons. Others had on knee-high elf socks. One runner wielded a whisk. There also were incredibly fast, lean, non-costumed runners who nobody wants to read about the morning after Thanksgiving.
Unofficial results indicated Vizma Shaeffer was the first runner to cross the finish line in a hat adorned with a stuffed-animal-style cooked turkey.
She said she and her brother, who came in from Colorado, ran the Turkey Trot in similar headgear last year. He was planning to come to Lincoln and do it again, but bailed.
"He says he's running in Colorado in his," she said, sounding more than a little skeptical.
The Turkey Trot benefits the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Those who were too busy last-minute hot-water-thawing turkey to run can donate at www.ymcalincoln.org.
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