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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mama on a Budget: 103rd Thanksgiving Day Race

 Since clocks falling back an hour is completely meaningless to my toddler, we were out and about on Sunday quite early and I found myself impressed by how active of a town Fort Thomas really is.  Early, raining, and cold and yet, dozens of runners were out, well, running.  This made me think of one of my favorite family traditions: the Thanksgiving Day Race.
This year is the 103rd running of the Turkey Trot race, making it the sixth oldest race in the country.  But did you know that the race began in Fort Thomas in 1908?  Eighteen runners got the idea to run from the Fort Thomas Gym to the YMCA in downtown Cincinnati and from that humble beginning, we now have a 10k that sees more than 6,000 annual registrants. 
From a family tradition aspect, the race is stroller friendly, although furry family members (meaning dogs, not great uncles) are not allowed.   Also, after running 6.2 miles, you can eat as much as you want with absolutely no shame.
(Did she just say 6.2 miles?).  I know, I know, it sounds like a long distance and not necessarily how you want to start your day of feasting.  But it is not too late to start training.  Personal story: less than 3 years ago I could not run a single mile without crying.  Two weeks ago, I completed a half marathon so I promise it is possible.
If you need a little help getting motivated, search out a running group to join.  Although the race is only three weeks away, it is not quite too late to start training.    Bob Roncker’s (in Newport) has a training group for runners of all skill levels.  Although they began training weeks ago, it would not be too late for a last minute push.
To register for the race, go to their website at Turkey Trot Race and click on the registration link on the left hand side.  Registration is only $30 (one of the cheapest races in the area, actually) and proceeds benefit a number of local charities including Ronald McDonald House, Girls on the Run, Barrett Cancer Center, Go Vibrant, Kilgour School, Clark Montessori, Neediest Kids of All, Goodwill, Accounting for Kids.  You can also donate to these directly from the race website.
I won’t be running this year but if you see my husband, tell him to hurry up!

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