Who doesn't want to eat a lot on Thanksgiving? Well, at least running a 10k that morning helped pre-work some of those calories off! And it's for a good cause...this was a huge race in Draper, with 5,690 runners toeing the start line of the 5k and 10k races. As you can see from the pictures, the main clothing themes were orange race shirts and turkey hats. Since proceeds went towards the Utah Food Bank, the race was able to provide the equivalent of 353,000 meals for needy families in Utah!
For the first time in a while, I wasn't at the start line alone. Family members Jim, Judy and Abby were there to run with me on a cool, blustery morning. Luckily temps were above freezing even if the wind felt like an arctic blast at times. We did get to see a nice sunrise over the Wasatch mountains while waiting for the start. And then it was mind over matter trying to pace myself to a fast 6.2 miles. The course went around the local strip mall, which wasn't terribly scenic, but it was (mostly) flat. I thought the finish line would never arrive, but finished in 53 minutes....I suppose not bad for racing at 5,000 feet of elevation. Judy and Abby finished strong but looked like they were suffering a little, having come from sea level just the day before. Jim was only a few minutes behind me and claimed he could have gone faster, so we all enjoyed the run. And then went home and had turkey with all the fixings!
Results are here: http://www.milliseconds.com/races/detail/139290 (Although the VAST majority of runners didn't wear timing chips, so the ones that did pay extra for timing were probably the faster ones!)
|Jim, Dawn, Judy and Abby pre-race!|