Thanksgiving weekend just isn’t complete without a turkey trot. Today I ran in the TED Turkey Trot 5k, which is a local 5k put on in Sturbridge, Massachusetts at Tantasqua Regional High School. The course was an out and back, and was fairly flat. Originally, I planned on running the 10k that they also had today at the same time as the 5k, but the 10k course was doing the out and back twice, and I didn’t really want to run the same course two times.
Throughout the race I felt like I was running slow, which was probably just because it was so cold out (like 30 degrees), but I was actually running a pretty good pace. Halfway through the race I finally got used to running in the cold air and checked my pace and realized I was running at a 9:11 pace. I ended up with a 30:26 overall time, which I was pretty happy with, especially because my dad and I crossed the finish line at the same time and this was a personal record race for him.
Another awesome thing about this race is Team Hoyt participated in it as well. For those of you that don’t know who Team Hoyt is, Team Hoyt was started by a father and son Dick and Rick Hoyt. The two are pretty famous in the running community, they’ve participated in many many many marathons as well as Iron Man’s together. Running a marathon or doing an Ironman alone is amazing, but how about while pushing someone? Dick Hoyt has pushed his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy, in hundreds of races. Over the past few years, they have started encouraging others to push disabled individuals and created a team called Team Hoyt, that travels all around to different races throughout the country to give more awarness with their slogan “Yes you can.”
It might seem odd that Team Hoyt would be at such a small local race, but the Hoyts are actually local to the Sturbridge area, and actually live in my small hometown. Since they are local to the area, they participate in a lot of the local races.
There was one little girl at this race that was absolutely adorable. I’m not sure if she was part of Team Hoyt or not, but she had to have only been 5 years old, if that, and had her own little, hot pink, racing chair that she pushed herself. She finished with a really good time too, around 35 minutes, and all of her little friends were cheering for her as she crossed the finish line. It was seriously the most adorable thing I’ve seen in my life. If she continues to race like that, especially since she is still so young, I wouldn’t be surprised if she becomes an amazing wheelchair racer in the future.
In all, it turned out to be a great race, and helped me feel better after eating so much food this holiday weekend!