Eat and Run: Two Turkey Day Races to Knock the Stuffing Out of You
The Thanksgiving Day holiday seems to bring out the events in the D.C. area.
First, we had the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade, and now we have not one, but two runs for charity, both on Thanksgiving Day: one in the Free State and another in Old Dominion.
We’ll start off with the Turkey Chase in Bethesda. This will be the 29th year that people in this ritzy town will be chasing the turkey in support of YMCA Youth & Family Services, YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this event, and we do mean everyone. Not only is there a 10K race and a two-mile fun run/walk (both courses of which are USATF-certified), but there’s even a 50m Tot-Trot for kids eight and under.
Click here to register. The earlier you sign up, the less it costs, so get those turkey-fed fingers moving. They’re even charging the kids though, which I find questionable. Oh well, gobble, gobble.
The big race starts at 8:30 a.m.; the two-mile jaunt begins at 8:50 a.m.; and the kids get up and go at 9:35 a.m. Each race begins at 9401 Old Georgetown Road.
Congressional Bank is the presenting sponsor.
Not a runner but jonesing to participate anyway? The Turkey Chase gives you chances to volunteer to help facilitate the event or even donate.
There have even been, gulp, giant turkey sightings! Don’t think this fowl is taking it lying down anymore. He’s gonna get you for all those years of slaughter!
The next turkey run we’re featuring is the Alexandria Turkey Trot (which I think is the funnier, hence better, name).
Now, these people aren’t bashful in the would-be rivalry department, almost demanding a rejoinder from the Turkey Chase people with this shot across the fowl … err … bow: “Welcome to the 2011 Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Miler, the DC Region’s premiere Thanksgiving Day road race.”
This is the 36th year for the annual trot. Last year, they had 4,100 entrants – the most ever – and like any good entity, they’re hoping for an even better year.
The hand-drawn map of the USATF-certified five-mile course in Del Ray takes DIY to homey extremes, and the event tends to run a little cheaper than its Maryland cousin. The course begins and ends at George Washington Middle School.
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Other than an exhortation to bring “two nonperishable food items” to help support nonprofit ALIVE!, the main beneficiary of the Alexandria Turkey Trot is you, the runner, which is just as well.
For further information on what to expect, check out their info page.
One cool feature of this race is that Fido or Buster can run alongside you, as long as the canine is on a short leash. You can also push your young’uns in a stroller, but you need to start in the rear if you want to do that.
Another feature that needs mentioning: For the first time ever, the trot will be “chip timed using a Chronotrack timing system.” Runners are suggested to familiarize themselves with the shoe-tagging system by visiting the ChronoTrack Systems site ahead of time.
The race begins at 10 a.m.
So, where does that leave us, or you, the turkey-trotting apartment renter in Bethesda or Alexandria? It leaves you a chance to get out and work off a few calories before engaging in the food fest that is this most American of holidays. Once you get over your food coma, pay a visit to Apartment Showcase to learn about available apartment listings.