The race was in Rosedale Park in Hopewell -- where I run my long runs, and enjoy biking. It was cold this morning -- 27 degrees when I woke up, 30 at the start, 35 at the finish. BUT, it was not windy, the sun was shining brightly, and people were in a good mood. That really helps.
As I was dashing to pick up my bib (I was running late, motivation was low) I heard the announcement that they had 950 people registered this morning. It has grown nicely. I bumped into Gabrielle whose son wrestles for Hopewell. She said the event is run by the wrestlers, and that she noticed a lot of wrestlers from other towns running the race today. It was a nice sign of unity. It was also nice because Mercer County Park has since started a race on Thanksgiving morning that is growing in population. They have cool medals at the end, whereas the one in Rosedale Park is pretty low key -- cotton t-shirts, no chip, no medals, pretty bare bones. It was also only $25, most of which went for the cause.
Here are some pictures from this pretty fall day:
|Before the race started -- eye on the finish line|
|Off the beaten track|
This is the first race I have run where I wore the shirt that came with the race. I was debating between a long sleeved tee and a sweatshirt when I was at the car. I took off the sweatshirt, and regretted it by the time I go to the start. The sweatshirt would have been too much, but the short sleeved tee over the long sleeved one was a good compromise. The warm long wind pants was a bad choice, and I knew it before I left the house. Should have gone with capris or non-wind resistant pants. I will wrap my head around winter one of these days.
No comments on my awesome skirt. I was thinking about the skirt, though, when I kept the cotton tee shirt I will never wear -- maybe after a few more races I can turn it, too, into a running skirt. Now I wish I had run other turkey trots over the years.
As you can see in the picture, the whole course was off-road. It was hilly. It was pretty. There were a lot of people -- families with small kids, octogenarians, strollers, dogs on leashes, and everyone in-between.
Next year as I debate between this one and the one in Mercer County Park I'm not sure which way I will sway. I run a different race in Mercer County Park. On the other hand, their medals are a nice draw.