Lt. j.g. Jonathan Dillard hustles after the turnaround during a Coast Guard 5K Turkey Trot through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Lt. j.g. Jonathan Dillard hustles after the turnaround during a Coast Guard 5K Turkey Trot through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Coast Guard braves foul weather for early Turkey Trot

Coast Guardsmen weren’t about to let rain stop them from winning a turkey.

Coast Guardsmen and civilian employees soldiered through ugly weather Friday to run a 5K Turkey Trot for the chance of winning two turkeys.

“We try to do an event every month for District 17 morale,” said Lt. Drew Stafford, a fisheries enforcement officer who put the event together.

Runners jogged through rain and wind from the Hurff A. Saunders Federal Building, down the cruise ship piers and turning around halfway at Mount Roberts Road.

Coast Guardsmen and civilian employees dared the elements as they ran a 5K Turkey Trot down through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Coast Guardsmen and civilian employees dared the elements as they ran a 5K Turkey Trot down through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Gusting winds, low temperatures and steady rain made for unpleasant running conditions for the more than 16 warmly dressed volunteers who participated.

Lt. Cmdr. Scott McCann led the race with a time of 21 minutes and 19 seconds.

After the run, Chief Petty Office Matthew Schofield and Jenny Smith, a civilian engineer with the Civil Engineering Unit, won turkeys in a raffle.

Coast Guardsmen and civilian employees take off at the start of a 5K Turkey Trot down through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Coast Guardsmen and civilian employees take off at the start of a 5K Turkey Trot down through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)


• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.


Lt. Drew Stafford explains the route before a Coast Guard 5K Turkey Trot through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Lt. Drew Stafford explains the route before a Coast Guard 5K Turkey Trot through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Chief Petty Officer Matt Schofield stretches before a Coast Guard 5K Turkey Trot through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Chief Petty Officer Matt Schofield stretches before a Coast Guard 5K Turkey Trot through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Coast Guardsmen and civilian employees dared the elements as they ran a 5K Turkey Trot down through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Coast Guardsmen and civilian employees dared the elements as they ran a 5K Turkey Trot down through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Chief Petty Officer Matthew Schofield and Jenny Smith, a civilian engineer with the Civil Engineering Unit, won turkeys in a raffle following the Coast Guard’s 5K Turkey Trot through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Chief Petty Officer Matthew Schofield and Jenny Smith, a civilian engineer with the Civil Engineering Unit, won turkeys in a raffle following the Coast Guard’s 5K Turkey Trot through Juneau’s harborfront on Nov. 22, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

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