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Record crowd at 17th annual Bel Air YMCA Turkey Trot

The field in the YMCA Turkey Trot in Bel Air continues to swell, like a turkey in a pre-Thanksgiving fattening regimen. When the annual 5K went off for the 17th time Nov. 22, 1,285 runners stood behind the starting line, so many that it took 2 minutes for the hindmost to clear the line.

It was a record crowd, and with it came a record performance by Irina Watkins of North East in the women's race. The men's race was a reprise for Tyler Muse, who prevailed in a duel of past winners.

Watkins, a Temple University graduate student and a native of Finland, won the women's race in record time of 17:54 over a course that ends on the Ma & Pa Trail. She finished eighth...