Not every race needs to be large and glamorous. Sometimes the races that are most memorable are those that are smaller in size.
I don’t think I’ve run a more low key race than the three mile Turkey Trot that I ran Thanksgiving morning. In fact, this race was so low key that you didn’t even have to register in advance of the race, nobody wore a race bib, and if you wanted to time your race you had to do it yourself. Oh, and the race was free!
The Turkey Trot that Preston and I ran last Thursday was put on by the local parks and rec department in my hometown. This race was both runner and walker friendly (1.5 mile loop for walkers, 3 mile loop for runners), and was held at a local park.
What made this race special was that my dad joined us and walked the race.
In addition, it flurried during the entire race. It was the first time that I ran while it snowed. The snow made it such a peaceful experience.
Preston opted to run the race at my pace, and I’m thankful that he did. The cold air quickly got to me, and about halfway through the race my lungs started bothering me. We took a couple of short walk breaks, and made it across the finish line in 30:26. Given that I had never previously run outside with the temperature in the mid 20s, I was more than pleased with my pace during the race.
The Turkey Trot wound up being the perfect way to kick off Thanksgiving. It was low key and a family event, and just how I wanted it to be. And the icing on the cake was that with the Turkey Trot I accomplished my goal to run 14 races in 2014!
QOTD: Did you run a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving? What was your Turkey Trot experience like?