My brother and I woke up nice and early Thanksgiving morning and headed into Blue Ridge. Parking was a breeze and there were a ton of people lined up to pick up their race shirts and bib numbers. We heard the announcer say that over 300 people has signed up early, and there were even more that were signing up that morning! For a small town like Blue Ridge, that's an amazing turnout!
We did a warm up run to the car to put our shirts away, pin our numbers on, and shed our layers (well...I did...Chris decided to run in his pants since it was cold!) As we were walking back toward the start we saw our parents and my other brother, Phillip. We gave them our jackets so we would have easy access to them after the race, did some stretching, and then headed to the start line.
Since this was a run/walk, I'm sure a lot of people didn't know the proper race etiquette that if you're walking, please start toward the back. I usually get right around the middle.
|Ready to go!|
|Chris ready to start running|
I think it should be against the law to put the finish line at the top of a hill! I pulled through and finished in 37:18...not my best, but certainly not my worse. Having not run a whole lot and not being properly clothed probably had a little to do with that.
|Love my arm sleeves!|
I thought the race was well run and the volunteers were plentiful. I think my biggest complaint was when we came to the turnaround, people were running on both sides of the road, so those that hadn't made it to the turnaround were dodging those running in the opposite direction. They should make it two lanes of runners. I found myself running in the middle of the road until after I got to the turnaround. Otherwise, a good race that I would do again.
Did you run a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving? How did you do?
Until next time,