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Two ways to de-stuff before and after stuffing yourself with turkey

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

Looking for a remedy to Thanksgiving Day bloat after ingesting too much turkey, cranberry and pumpkin pie? You need not travel far. And if you'd rather prime your system early in the day for the big dine later, you're covered there, too. With ice skates or running shoes in hand, Anchorage residents can brave the cold two ways on Thursday.

The Skinny-Raven Turkey Trot offers 2K and 5K races beginning at 11 a.m. The upside: It's a great way to help raise money to send Alaska's top runners to a big championship race Outside and, at the same time, get energized for the holiday. The downside: unless you registered by Wednesday night, you won't be able to run the race. But there's nothing stopping you from wandering down to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and cheering on the hardier runners.

Or you can bundle up the family in puffy coats and snow pants for a glide on the ice at Westchester Lagoon. The Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation has plowed and begun to hot mop the popular frozen waterway. Ice is plenty thick for skaters and nearby burn barrels offer a great pit stop to warm chilly hands and cheeks between zooms around the lake. Parks and Rec plans to have the entire lake ready on Friday.

Keep up on the latest status at Westchester via Parks and Rec's Facebook page. More information on ice elsewhere in town, as well as trails, can be found here.