Every other year, we travel to visit family for Thanksgiving and I’ve never been successful in getting anyone to do a Turkey trot while we are on the road. But those other years? It’s trotting time!
There’s a local 5k just a couple towns over from us in Medway that draws a crowd, starts early, affordable, and is family friendly.
The Medway Turkey Trot is Thanksgiving morning at 7:30. If you live nearby you can run it and be home to get the turkey in the oven before 9.
The race benefits the Medway athletics department and an informal look at the front of the pack participants shows a lot of cross country and track alumni. There are plenty of fast people if you are looking for a competitive run before stuffing yourself with turkey. The top 3 this year were under 17 and the top ten was under 19 minutes.
But it’s not all about the pointy end of the pack. If the weather is good, this race will typically draw up to 1,000 people so you will not be running alone. There are people running and walking at all paces.
Packet pick-up and race day registration is in the high school gym and is well staffed and any lines move quickly. Race day registration is $30 but if you go early you can save $5 or $10 dollars.
While there are porta-potties if that is your thing, there are also indoor facilities open in the gym which is nice if the day is…brisk.
No swag with this race (other than a shirt if you register by the beginning of the month).
The starting line is about a quarter mile from the gym, down a path behind the track, on a residential street. It’s chip timed.
A quick warning: while all the miles net out as downhill, it’s not a downhill course. It’s pretty rolling, especially in the second mile. The first mile is relatively flat and the second mile rolls mostly downhill but that third mile, just when you are starting to really hurt, has a solid climb. If you can hang on to about 2.5 miles, it flattens out and rewards you with a sharp downhill last quarter mile.
There’s not much in the way of post-race snacks. There are waters. That’s about it. Most of the money goes the athletic department and really, you’re going to be eating all day, right?
While there are plenty of race before and after the holidays, this 5k fills a nice need in the area on the day itself. It has some fast runners, if that’s what you are looking for but also is very welcoming for all abilities and paces.
Coming up on ten years, this race has become a nice local tradition and has worked out any kinks in the logistics. There are plenty of volunteers to help things run smoothly, it’s professionally timed and there are age group and overall awards. If you’re looking to get a run in on Thanksgiving, this is a great way to do it.