We had gorgeous weather for the 4th annual Caratunk Turkey Trot. There was a lot of hunter orange and plenty of smiles and laughter. This year we had 22 people and 12 dogs participating. Most people walked with their dogs (I did) but we had 4 runners this year who did the loop plus a little extra to make up a real 5k run.
|Pre-trot chatter and smack talk, between the dogs ofcourse|
A quick survey of the crowd determined that everyone was there who wanted to be there. I rolled out the orange flagging tape and got in front of the crowd that had gathered at our little post office. At the pre-race “speech” I welcomed everyone to the 4th Annual Caratunk Turkey Trot, thanked them all for coming, and wished them a happy Thanksgiving.
I also laid out the ground rules, which were basically to have fun, and not get hit by a truck on Route 201. I also reminded everyone what direction we were doing the loop and pointed out the “short cuts” if anyone wanted to bag out early (and yes, there was a penalty for that. I don’t know what it was, but I just told them there would be a penalty).
|Checking out the start/finish line flagging|
Everyone there seemed really excited, and a few more cars pulled in to join us just before the start.
One car stopped and ask us about the “Road Race” that was going on, and wondered if the road was closed for the race and if he could get through to the “other side of town.” After some laughing, we told him no, the road wasn’t closed, but that we were looking for a pace car to notify spectators of the winning runners.
He looked at us blankly for a second then burst out laughing. Then we invited him to participate, he politely declined, wished us a Happy Thanksgiving, and drove off.
Without further delay, we started the race. My friend Cindy and I just said, “OK!! Ready? Set! GO GO GO!” and then we were off.
|The start, just before a few more people showed up|
|Note the paparazzi on the right (it is a guy with a camera). This is turning into a big event!|
|Coming down the town hill (where I do my hill repeats) for the final stretch|
|Heather, Tommy (the mighty biker), and Tucker at the finish|
|Happy boys, post race. Ready for some turkey!|
|Bailey was the winning dog, of course, since I make the rules.|
After the race everyone pretty much all skedaddled, they had turkeys to keep an eye on and families and friends coming. We all talked a bit and hugged and wished each other a Happy Turkey Day. Lots of people thanked me for organizing the race, and Marie, our post master, told me I should nominated the town’s morale officer, which I thought was really nice and made me feel especially good.
I hope everyone had an awesome day yesterday!