Tyler Moore edged runner-up Isom White by eight seconds to win first place in the town-sponsored Turkey Trot 5K held Nov. 17 at Green Valley Park. Moore was clocked in 18:52 and White, a Payson High cross country runner and soccer player, finished in 19 minutes flat.
Jolynn Mendoza was first among the women and seventh overall in 22:23.
Moore’s winning time was somewhat slower than some past winners including Tanner Morgan who won the 2002 race in a very fast 16:46. In 2004, PHS cross country star David Cluff crossed the finish line in 17:18.
Moore’s time was faster than the 19:01 time that Scottsdale Community college runner Francisco Castorena turned in when winning the 2010 event. Moore’s clocking was also quicker than the 19:53 Boston Marathon qualifier Gary Kutcher recorded in taking the gold 12 years ago.
Among the women, Alysa Gurigemima was second to Mendoza in 24:01
Henry Lopez, 73, representing the senior set, finished 16th overall in 25:56. Lopez was fresh off winning his age group championship at Soaring Wings Half-Marathon held near Little Rock, Ark.
It was entering the 2010 Turkey Trot that sparked Lopez’s interest in long-distance running. Until competing in it, he had little motivation to run. But since then he has developed a passion for running and eagerly scoops up every chance he has to compete including Pat’s Run, the Phoenix 10K and the Apache Tribal Recognition 4-mile event.
Other top finishers in the Turkey Trot included Payson Bobier (3rd; 20:32), Colten White (4th; 20:45), Michael Anderson (5th; 21:26), Danny Whatley (6th; 21:57), Dan Anderson (9th; 24:50) and Colt White (10th; 24:07).
A field of 64 runners entered the race.