Despite freezing fog and icy conditions for the Donner Lake Turkey Trot this past Sunday, 240 people registered and 200 showed up to participate in the annual fundraising run.
The course, which normally travels 7 miles around Donner Lake, was altered due to the slick conditions on the shady south end of the lake.
"Despite best efforts by The Town of Truckee to clear Donner Pass Road, the ice was just too dangerous," said Race Director Sally Jones. "We brainstormed with the police department to come up with a safer solution. We had the option to close one lane on Donner Lake Road up to the freeway and back, but we decided that would be a not such a 'fun run' for the majority, so volunteers set out to pack a scenic loop in the park."
The new loop turned out to be about a half-mile in length. Runners did four laps, while youngsters in the Mashed Potato Mile did one lap. A few people decided to run the traditional course, which organizers hope to get back to next year.
Noah Brautigam of Truckee claimed the win ahead of Reno's Brandon Nied, posting a time of 10:56.7 to Nied's 11:10.1. Patrick McElravey, a senior at North Tahoe High School, finished third in 11:11.1 and was followed by Paul Koracs of Tahoe City in a time of 11:14.9 and Peter Holmes of Tahoe City, and North Tahoe High, in a time of 11:24.3.
Elizabeth Taylor of Truckee was the top woman, posting a time of 13:43.2. Tara Gallant, who recently won the individual Division III state cross-country championship for North Tahoe, was second in 14:16.8, and Regina Curry was third in 14:22.6.
Lexi Filer was the fastest girl and Max Gordon the fastest boy in the Mashed Potato Mile. Gordon posted a time of 3:59.6 and Filer 4:24.1.
All the Mashed Potato Milers received medal for their efforts, while the Turkey Trot runners were placed in a raffle for turkeys and pies.
The event, which serves as a fundraiser for Auburn Ski Club's junior Nordic teams, raised close to $2,500, Jones said.