For the past few years, I’ve done “my own damn Turkey Trot” as part of my Thanksgiving tradition.
Prior to last year, the closest Turkey Trot was the Run for the Diamonds, a nine-mile race in Berwick. Unfortunately, Berwick is about 40 minutes from my parents’ house in Wilkes-Barre, and the race doesn’t start until 10:30 a.m. To cut to the chase, I just didn’t have the time to commit to this race.
So, I’d usually roll out of bed and run my favorite Wilkes-Barre loop, missing the hustle (aka stress) of being around the house on the morning of a major holiday, but also being envious of all the race photos I saw on Facebook.
However, last year, a five-mile race was introduced nearby, only a short drive from my parents’. I finally was able to do a real Turkey Trot!
Despite the fact that none of the four Garmin watches in my house were working that morning (I ran my first watch-less race, which I didn’t hate), and some snowfall, it was a good race. Even though I did it alone, I ran into friends there and had a great time. It was the perfect way for me to kick off one of my favorite holidays, because I am so thankful for running each and every day (cheesy, but oh-so-true. Just ask someone who is around me when I can’t run).
This year, I am continuing the tradition, and I’ve even talked my mom into taking an hour away from prepping for the big day (we typically have anywhere from 20-25 people), and running five miles with me. You know my mom is one of my favorite running buddies, so I am excited to share this day with her.
If you’re staying local this Thanksgiving, you are in luck, because there are a bunch of races in central Pennsylvania.
4 Local Turkey Trots:
- 2015 Tree 4 Hope Turkey Trot – 4 Cherry Road, Harrisburg, 9 a.m.
- 11th Annual SMT Turkey Trot 5K – New Cumberland Borough Park, Front Street, New Cumberland, 8 a.m.
- The 2015 Century Link Trot – 311 South West Street, Carlisle, PA 17013, 9 a.m.
- 2015 Turkey Trot – Market/Newberry Streets, York, 9 a.m.