Price : $24 - Early registration
Date: November 24.
Goodies: Long sleeve cotton shirt, candy bar, Papa Johns's Pizza BOGO coupon.
I was really excited for this race, because I have run this route several times, and it's one of the biggest 5K in New Cumberland. But when I woke up that morning, I felt sick. I was a little dizzy and a little nauseous. But not enough to stay home and rest...
I normally have bagel and coffee before a race, but my body didn't want more than 1 bite of bagel and my coffee was too hot to drink. I drank some water and we left the car.
Roger had planned to beat his 5K time, and wanted to finish at 25.30. I felt so sick, that my goal was just to finish the 5K.
We lined up in the back, because Roger took too long in the bathroom, and we made it to the start line, 2 minutes before the race started. It took us about 3 minutes to cross the start line, there were a lot of people at the race.
At the start of the race, I started running slowly, but passing a lot of people on the grass, because the road was too crowded.
The streets stayed crowded as the race went along, so I spent the first 2 miles swerving around people. At some point I was running on the sidewalk, while the rest of the runners where on the road.
This year there was a Turkey Trot Tri Challenge, where those who signed up for it, would stop at 1.5, eat a personal pumpkin pie, a glass of apple cider and have to carry a small pumpkin the rest of the race. My friend Adriane was participating in this, so when I went by the Turkey Trot Tri area, I looked for her, but didn't see her.
I was feeling pretty good, considering that I hadn't had any food, and I was feeling sick at the beginning of the race. I sped up the second mile and last mile.
The last part of the course was going through New Cumberland's Main street and this is always my favorite part. The main street is closed and I love it when town takes so much pride on a race, to close the main street. Harrisburg could learn from New Cumberland for their Marathon.
Close to the finish, a cheerleader handed me a red feather. So, I took it. I sprinted to the end and finished. My Garmin said 27 minutes. It wasn't my fastest, but I felt good about the time.
Roger finished at 28 and change. He wasn't happy. He was cursing up the amount of people and how crowded streets were. So I walked away from him, because I had nothing to say to make him feel better. I caught up with Adriane at the finish, she said that she had done 28 minutes, even with stopping to eat a Pie and carrying a pumpkin! I was very proud of her! she was in total beast mode!
We got some snacks, and cashed in my red feather for a Race ornament. There were runners dressed like turkeys as part of the race, and if you could catch one, and take a feather, there were prizes at the end for the feathers. I had really wanted a pair of Turkey Trot sunglasses, but got an ornament.
There is also a Frozen Turkey Toss, and Roger tried it out. He was pretty happy with his results.
I enjoy this local race, but if I had a suggestion for the Race Organizers, I would say to release the runners in 3 waves, to keep the streets from overcrowding.
Did you Turkey Trot?
Ever done a Frozen Turkey Toss?
What do you do in crowded races? swerve? avoid? wait it out?