The next morning, two seasoned and trained runners competed in a 5k with their significant others. We arrived early and picked up our numbers and race shirts. This local race with around 600 registered runners is organized by the Peninsula Track Club and aids the Toys for Tots and Salvation Army Angel tree. Additionally, on race morning toys are collected for children.
|Love the shirt design this year!|
After collecting our bibs and shirts, we relaxed in the car since it was raining. Not a heavy rain, but it was a cold morning and the longer we stayed in the car, the less time standing around getting cold! Soon it was 8:00 am and the time to start our little turkey trot! We started together but within minutes, the two younger runners took off while Tom and I lagged slightly behind. My Garmin was set and our initial pace was around 8:30. It amazed me that Tom kept up and finally after the first mile, he spied the water stop. He needed a break and I just kept on running. I could see Christine up ahead and tried to keep her in my sights. However, at the turnaround, she decided to take off and see how many females she could pass. I never saw her again until I spied her cheering for me as I crossed the finish line.
One of the great things post race is the trailer staffed by Salvation Army employees and volunteers serving the runners hot chocolate, donuts, cookies, energy bars and water.
|Hot chocolate with a big marshmallow to warm us up|
Overall, this race is a great way to start Thanksgiving morning and the boys were good sports and tolerated it for us. Surprisingly, Tom finished just out of an AG prize as 4th in his AG at 27.46 and 119/587 finishers. Christine did a wonderful job as 64th runner to cross the finish line and 11th female. It was a fun morning and maybe next year I can get Tom out for one or two runs before race day. This year he did not go out on one training run!
|Wearing our bling before cooking the turkey|
Did you run a turkey trot this year?