Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day and the 1st time I participated in a Thanksgiving Day race. Although I run 5k’s all the time, I’ve never done one on Thanksgiving Day. The main reason has always been timing. I love hosting Thanksgiving dinner for our family and the cooking starts early for me. Putting in a 5k just never seemed like a smart thing to do, timing wise.
This year, however, we had a very relaxed Thanksgiving Day with just my husband, son and daughter-in-law. I had time the day before to get my prepping and cleaning done which freed up my Thanksgiving Day morning and since my husband is now doing 5k’s with me, we did the Five Star Turkey Trot together. It’s a hard one to pass up because it’s FREE. If you’ve crossed even one finish line with Five Star during the year, you can run the Turkey Trot for free! It’s a nice tradition Five Star has and I don’t know of any other racing company that does it. It was made even better knowing 2 good friends of ours were going to be there and catching up them before the race was great.
The thing that really stood out to my husband and me was the amount of participants—1,272 for the 5k alone and a total of 1,639 for all the races combined (5k, 10k, 15k, Half). I’m sure offering a free race is an incentive for many people to run that morning, however, there were 2 other large races in Forsyth County. We passed one on our way to the Turkey Trot and by the looks of it, they had a large number of runners also. My curiosity got the best of me and I did some checking: over 4,000 people participated in the 3 Thanksgiving Day races in our county! And that is just in our county alone. There were many races in metro Atlanta that morning including a very large one in downtown Atlanta sponsored by the Atlanta Track Club. What that tells me is that exercise is important to many, many people. Yes, we will all be over-indulging in food later in the day, but we will at least get some exercise in before we do. I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel better about us!
I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and if you’ve never run a Thanksgiving Day race, consider it for next year. I can guarantee you will not be alone. Several thousands of your closest friends will be with you!