Dec 3

Turkey Trot Recap

by: Dale Roy

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While my fellow Runner's Alley crew wrote about their favorite Turkey Trots, I'm going to tell you about my first.

 

During past Thanksgiving Holidays, running a turkey trot had not occurred to me. I always opted for the post-holiday turkey burner workouts. This year, I decided to give the turkey trot tradition a go!  Deciding which one to do was easy.  Since I was cooking Thanksgiving dinner, I went with an event that was close to home: The Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot. If you haven't run this one before, I highly recommend it. Especially, if you are looking for a little bit of an extra challenge to burn off those extra calories.    

 

This race is well organized and well attended! It was one of the largest "small" races I have run, topping off at 647 people. There were two registration tables: One for pre-registered people and the other for day-of registration. If you sign up early enough, you get a tech t-shirt; everyone gets a nip of NH maple syrup! YUM! The proceeds of the race go to the Sunapee Recreation Department.  

 

Looks like he's running scared..

 

The day starts off with the 1K “Chicken Run” for the kids; they try to outrun Miss Lake Sunapee and someone dressed as a chicken. At 9:00 am, the gun goes off, and the adults turn to run. The beginning of the race starts off with what the race organizers call a "healthy" climb. "Healthy" is code for tough and steep: I'm glad I warmed up! Just before you reach the top of the hill, a sign is posted letting you know "You just earned your first piece of PIE!" Once you crest, the half mile or so hill, you can settle into your pace with a gradual decent to lake level, and a gentle rolling course along the house lined lake shore. Beautiful homes, cheering spectators, and the lake view help you enjoy your way to the finish line.  For added fun, dressing up in a festive Thanksgiving costume is encouraged.  I got to run with a few pilgrims and versions of tutu wearing turkeys. Although I didn't dress up this year, maybe next time!

 

 

I will end with thanks to my fellow runners and co-workers for your enthusiasm and positive peer pressure. I will be keeping this tradition going as it really helped me get ready for a day of cooking and eating! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, maybe I will see a few of you running the hill next year!

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