In July, I had the privilege of volunteering for the Davis Moonlight Run. As a “thank you” for volunteering, I received a race voucher. I used the race voucher to register for the Davis Turkey Trot half marathon. Believe it or not, it was my first time to participate in this race, even though it’s been around for 30 years!
Since I wasn’t able to pick up my bib prior to race day, I picked it up race morning. I arrived to the race start with an hour to spare since I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to pick up my bib. Fortunately, I was able to do so quickly and easily. I was pleased to see so many tents set up of local vendors out to celebrate this community event. I was also pleased to see a plethora of porta potties set up!
Since I arrived an hour before race start time, I headed back to my warm car to wait until the scheduled 8:30am race start time. Sadly, the race ended up not starting until closer to 8:45am since the 5k got a late start. I didn’t mind too much though, since the sun was now up and warming up the air a bit.
There were a total of 1,072 5k finishers, 573 10k finishes, and 309 half marathon finishers. Yes, it was a small race, but not the smallest race I have participated in.
It was nice to see half marathon pacers lined up at the race start. The pacers help to set an even pace and help runners achieve their goals. My training has not been consistent lately to say the least, so I decided to start out with the 2:15 pace group. I stayed with them for the first 8 miles and then slowly dropped back because well, I haven’t been running consistently lately.
I, ultimately, finished the race with a smile on my face. I consider this a win. This race was my 8th half marathon for 2017! My fourth full marathon for 2017 is coming up quickly. December 3rd I’ll be running my 2nd CIM and my fourth full marathon for the year!
As for the finish line of the Davis Turkey Trot, it was more like a finish party! There were a lot of community members out to support this local race, vendors, etc. I would have stuck around longer, but donuts and a shower were calling my name.
All in all, not only would I run this race again, but I’d also recommend this race to others. Speaking of recommending this race to others, you can find this race recommendation and others at BibRave.com.
Until next time,
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