Like many others across the country, I ran in a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, namely the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, which is the largest Turkey Trot in the US at 26,533 registered entrants. This is a great article on the race. I looked up the results, and the finishers are as follows:
- 5K - 13,692
- 10K - 7,886
- elite 5K men - 58
- elite 5K women - 49
- 10K wheelchair - 2
- Total - 21,687 (82% of registered entrants)
10K race this year:
I've done the Turkey Trot before - in 2012 I did the 10K, and in 2013 I did the 5K. This year I registered for the 10K - my body is in good shape now, so I could run it however I liked. With so many people in the race, it is almost impossible to try to PR in this race since so much weaving is involved lol. I decided to simply run the race at an easy ish pace, and have a good time out there.
gorgeous morning sky on the way to the race
streets were completely packed around the start line, we got somewhat close to the start line
The race for me was pretty uneventful, besides trying to weave around people at times lol. My favorite part was stopping at the mimosa aid station for a drink - it was a good mimosa!
I also ran into a teacher from my old high school that used to run with my cross country team, it was fun to talk to him
I liked these Whole Foods signs
they had a massage station at the finish line
another nice sign from Whole Foods - I don't know these people lol
This was the corporate tent area - wish I was on a corporate team! Because they were pouring mimosas at one of them haha
was a gorgeous day in San Jose
the medal was really awesome - it is the 10th anniversary race, and so they had a medal that spun in the zero, which was cool. I've never got one of those medals before
a turkey on the other side haha
Turkey Trot 10K results:
Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
1299/7886 overall (16.5%)
989/3945 gender (25.1%)
143/536 age group (26.7%)
I have no idea what time I could have gotten if I had ran it all out, but like I said above, this race is insanely difficult to get a PR at due to the crowds. Fun times as usual at the race!
10K and mile PR attempt:
Like my last post said, before the year is up I'm hopefully going to break my mile and 10K PR times. I likely will try a mile on the track to see what I can get. As for the 10K, I likely will be doing the DSE Aquatic Park 10K on Dec 21st. The entry fee sounds awesome - $5?!? Anyone done one of these DSE races before? Mainly I hope the course is blocked off from traffic, and they have timing and the course is measured properly lol.
Also, thanks to people who commented last post about mile warmup thoughts and such. I will try that when I give my mile PR a go in a couple weeks.
Anyone else do a Turkey Trot?