It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is fast approaching, the days are getting shorter, and the weather seems to get more frigid by the day. While it’s always tough to see the warm weather fade away, we’re not too upset for one simple reason: It’s turkey trot season. For whatever reason, running road races on or around Thanksgiving has become as commonplace as eating turkey. Is it because we feel bad for gorging ourselves full of calories on Thanksgiving? Or is it simply because we’re with family and friends and turkey trots are a fun bonding experience? Whatever the reason, we know turkey trots here at Marx Running. We’ve been putting them on for years, and 2014 is no exception. On Thanksgiving morning, we’ll have over 1,000 runners and walkers line Keyes Rd. in Concord for the start of the Concord Turkey Trot. We get a diverse field of runners ranging from young guns aiming to run 5:00 mile pace all the way to the Grandpa walking 20-minute miles. There will be the token turkey-costumed runner, the astonishingly under-dressed guy who somehow thinks short-shorts and a singlet is appropriate 30-degrees attire, and of course the competitive sibling rivalries that come down to that final sprint finish to see who wins bragging rights for the year. For the random citizen who happens to be passing by on that morning, this is all quite the spectacle!
For us, the fun doesn’t end on Thanksgiving morning. The following day brings the Acton Turkey Trot: Our home grown race with proceeds going to the Acton Food Pantry. We’ll always get a few “iron turkeys” who brave both the Concord and Acton Turkey Trots. Though it’s a bit smaller at roughly 300 people, the level of enthusiasm is just as strong. The first 300 folks to register get a long-sleeve dri-fit shirt displaying the Acton TT logo, and many proudly wear it for their 3.1-mile trek. Whether you’re running to try to break your personal best time or to burn a few extra calories so you can have that extra slice of pumpkin pie, there is a place for you in any of our turkey trots! Hope to see you out there!
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