Our good friend Lee Schoenbeck has taken up writing for the South Dakota Magazine website. Not surprisingly he is very good at telling stories that catch our attention, including this one about the Hiedeman Turkey Day 5k that takes place in Watertown.
Now the perfectly good warmth of a Thanksgiving morn in front of a roaring fire with Snoopy and Bullwinkle and the rest of the Macy?s Parade ensemble is no more for many in our community, due to the Hiedeman family. As first impressions go, Steve and Patty seem like a normal couple, blessed with four beautiful and accomplished daughters, but there?s something a little unusual about the Hiedeman household. A few years ago they decided that the excesses of Thanksgiving dinner should be preceded by a family run ? taking in the late November beauty that a northeastern South Dakota community has to offer. Over time, the little family run grew to an annual community event ? the Hiedeman Turkey Day 5k. Until last year, the event was staged from the family garage in Northeast Watertown, plus a porta potty in the driveway. The awards ceremony took place in the two-stall garage, with the premium spots located near the space heaters. Awards are ? of course ? pumpkin pies. The good news ? everybody that is there at the end gets hot apple cider and a piece of pumpkin pie.
But, this is no ordinary little run. In 2008 over 190 runners participated. Runners are encouraged to share their bounty, by bringing food stuffs for a local church food bank.
Check out several of Lee’s other stories by clicking here!