Last Thursday I scratched another race off of my race bucket list! The Detroit Turkey Trot!
On Thanksgiving morning my friend Mike and I headed downtown around 6am giving us plenty of time to park, use the bathroom and find our corral.
This is us before the start of the race. Like a lot of people, we were happy to partake in running in costume. Mike was an elf (obviously) and I was Rainbow Brite. You can’t see in the pic but I have striped leg warmers on. I had ones for my arms too but I would have been too warm if I had worn them. Behind us is my fuel for the race. 😉 Or maybe it is a float for the Thanksgiving parade. Each corral had its own float!
The weather was FANTASTIC for this time of year in Detroit! And that was probably the reason for the HUGE turn out for the race. A record-breaking 22,100 people participated between the Mashed Potato Mile, the 5k and the 10k Turkey Trot. I love that so many people decided to participate, I just wish that the course and organizers were more prepared to handle that number of people.
Although the race was broken into corrals it didn’t appear that there were any gaps in time between corrals. From where I was, it seemed that once the gun went off everyone was free to race. I certainly wasn’t signed up for this race to PR or hit a specific time. I just wanted to go out and have a good time and burn some calories before I indulged in a Thanksgiving feast. However, the first two miles were very frustrating as I couldn’t get up to a comfortable speed. There was just so many people and very little room to navigate around the other runners. Once we split from the 5k runners there was definitely more breathing room but it was still tight.
And you will never believe what happened when we rounded the last corner just before the finish line!
Yep, you are seeing it right! It was literally a wall of runners. For the first time ever, I finished a race by walking across the finish line. I stopped my Garmin when I hit 6.2 miles and it clocked at 1 hour 51 seconds. My official chip time was 1 hour 5 minutes 50 seconds. :\ This wall of runners continued through the area where you retrieved your medal and the areas to get food and water. We ended up not even trying to get food because it was just too dang crowded. But you bet I got my medal!
The race organizers did apologize about the finish line fiasco citing construction in the area that reduced the road to the finish line by half as the reason for the back up. I however, think that they should have been aware of that before the race and took steps to eliminate the problem before it happened. Even if it meant having the finish line relocated. I also heard that they ran out of medals but will be sending medals to those who did not get one.
All in all I had a good time. I may or may not do the race again. But I am glad that I did it this year!