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Dashing for a good cause

Runners break from the starting line for the Turkey Dash on Main Street in Osakis Nov. 22. They ran 3.1 miles in the wintry weather to help children with diabetes. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)

Runners in the sixth annual "Turkey Dash" in Osakis didn't let 17 mile-per-hour winds and mid-20 degree temperatures discourage them Thanksgiving morning.

They finished the 5K race, or 3.1 miles, with smiles on their faces, knowing they could justify a second helping of turkey for dinner. More importantly, they knew their entry fees were helping a good cause — fighting childhood diabetes.

The event raised just over $3,000, which organizers will donate to a scholarship fund to send local children with Type 1 diabetes to a camp. The camp's purpose is to provide a fun and safe

camping experience for children living with diabetes, giving them the opportunity to meet other kids just like them as well as help them gain confidence and independence in managing their diabetes.

Savannah Walsh started the Turkey Dash, inspired by her brother, Joey, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11 in 2009.

About 80 runners took off from the starting line in front of the O-Town Tavern.

The winners in the men's division were David Rice (first place) and Nick Grundman (second place) while the women winners were Rachael Grundman (first place) and Vanessa Jewell (second place). The winner of the half-mile kids' run was Hunter Miller.

Door prizes and a silent auction for a handmade quilt closed out the event.

This year's sponsors included Osakis True Value, O-Town Tavern, Didier Excavating, True North Transport, Osakis Lions Club, Osakis Country Club, First National Bank of Osakis, Hensley Trucking and True Service.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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