Sunday, November 27, 2016

Turkey Trot STL - St. Charles course

On Thanksgiving Day 2015, I ran the Hungry Turkey 5k race held in downtown St. Louis prior to the Thanksgiving Day parade. Because there are so many Turkey Trots in the St. Louis metro area, I decided to try a different location in 2016, so I signed up for the Turkey Trot STL - St. Charles course.  The St. Charles race started and ended at the Family Arena and although the course was not scenic compared to the Hungry Turkey race, I wanted to try a race in my old neighborhood.  

Race Highlights:
  • Great pre-race communication with weather prediction, parking information, directions, and race day instructions
  • Packet pick-up available on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Fleet Feet store or on race day
  • Multiple swag options including the option to receive a $10 gift card instead of swag (which I chose since I need new Adrenalines!)
  • No official corrals or wave start, but there was an attempt made to line people up by pace
  • Plenty of porta potties
  • Personalized post-race email with your finish time
  • Many runners dress up for this race
  • All ages and paces seemed to be represented
  • 3,000 finishers in the St. Charles race alone
  • Post race snacks were distributed through two tents with multiple lines each for chocolate milk, bananas, granola bars, and pastries

Waiting to start!

The only down sides to this race were:
  • Congestion for most of the course due to the width of the course and by people not lining up by their correct pace. I ended up running on the other side of the posts because I could not pass otherwise.
  • Getting into the parking lot was easy, leaving was not.  There are so many parking lots around downtown St. Louis that leaving the Hungry Turkey race in 2015 was a breeze, even with the traffic for the parade that followed the race.  But at this Turkey Trot in St. Charles, it took me almost as long to exit the parking lot as it did to run the race (and you know that I am not fast).  Now patience is a virtue, so be sure to pack your patience if you run this race and remember to be kind. 😊
I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  Until next time...

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