Thirty-two members of the Fort Hood community participated in the Turkey Trot Trail Run Saturday at the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area mountain bike trails.

Participants could choose to walk or run a 4.5- or 1-mile course. They all received swag bags and braved the chilly morning weather to earn a fun Turkey Trot medal.

Toni Kornegay, recreation specialist with the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation was most happy to reward the placing finishers with special Thanksgiving themed prizes.

“The reaction of participants when they saw that the place awards were Thanksgiving fixings,” she said about her favorite part of the event. “The overall winners received turkeys, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. Different places received different fixings. Third place received a can of spam. It was just a fun and different take on awards. All participants also received a finishers medal.”

Kornegay said the runners weren’t anticipating the range of terrain the mountain biking trails provide.

“A lot of the runners said they didn’t anticipate the ruggedness of the route. It had different terrains, from rocky, muddy, areas with water on them, as well as flat grassy areas,” she said.

Matt Cline and Michael Krause recently came to Fort Hood and were excited for the opportunity to become involved with the community by participating in the trail run.

“(It’s) Just good community engagement. The base is a small community, almost a small town in a town,” Cline said. “It’s cool to have people come in, Soldiers and civilians and people from out of town. (You) can see all kinds of new people and see the area too. I’d never known this was out here unless we’d signed up for this.”

“A lot of the reputation is that it’s kind of a rough (place),” Krause said. “I think this kind of helps bring out the good side and try to get people to come together and kind of wash out the bad reputation.”

There are two more recreational events coming up, the “Earn your Feast” Challenge and the Strongest Competition.

The “Earn your Feast” Challenge will take place at Ironhorse Physical Fitness Center Nov. 15-19. Registration ends tomorrow. Those who wish to participate need to register at Ironhorse PFC.

The Strongest Competition will be held at the Warrior Way Physical Fitness Center on Nov. 20. Show your strength in the Ricky’s medley, dead lift, log clean and press, and atlas stone events. Weigh in will begin at 6:45 a.m. and the competition will begin at 8 a.m. To register, visit www.hood.armymwr.com/calendar/event/fort-hood-strongest-competition/5347053/63419.

For more information on future upcoming DFMWR events visit their website at www.hood.armymwr.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/forthoodfmwr.