Eighty-six runners participated in Payson’s Turkey Trot 5-K Spirit Run this year.

Payson High School sophomore track star Aubrieta Mercer once again finished first in the women’s division.

Jacob Fitzhugh — also a PHS track star — had the fastest time overall, 19:36, enough to also win the men’s division.

Most of the runners just participated in the 3.1-mile race for fun and bragging rights. The race course wound around Green Valley Park. Entrants paid a $40 entry fee for adults and a $30 fee for the younger set, complete with a T-shirt and a sweaty sense of accomplishment.

So here are the winners.

Under 10

Male – James Scott

Female – Avia Nyberg


Female – Aubrie Mercer (1st overall female finisher), 22:27

Male – Jacob Fitzhugh (1st overall male finisher), 19:36


Female – Hanne Wurgler, 33:12

Male – Jacob Gonzalez, 24:10


Female – Doni Wilbanks (2nd overall female finisher), 25:43

Male – Eric Daum – 24:49


Female – Andrea Christianson, 27:23

Male – Scott Jones (2nd overall male finisher), 20:57


Female – Joy Brackin, 27:11

Male – Gary Labule, 30:30


Female – Sandy Joyner, 36:04

Male – Gary Haynes, 22:45


Female – Carolyn Bates, 46:46

Poker Run

Best Hand/Worst Hand

Phil Krisher/Kay Poinier

Spirit Winner – embraced the Turkey Trot Spirit the best

Patty Wisner

Anytime Fitness sponsored the race and also manned a booth to hand out “some awesome swag for participants,” according to event organizers.

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