Race Report: Turkey Trot, United Way Savannah
The whole fam ran in this year’s United Way Savannah Turkey Trot. I’ve found that scheduling and running in events throughout the holiday season is a great way to stay motivated and focused during this easily distracting and demotivating time of year–Not to mention the high calorie consumption events stacked so close together: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
This is the second year United Way Savannah has held this event, and the second year I’ve run it. Last year was their inaugural year and there were some, to be expected, rookie glitches. It was a nice race last year, and was an even better one this year.
Location: Daffin Park, Savannah, Georgia
Gun time: 8:30 am
Distances: 5k & Kids Run
Course: Leaving Daffin park, into surrounding Savannah neighborhood, and back into the park.
Registration: $20-$35 depending on your registration date.
Weather: Very mild, even for Savannah standards. One might call it ideal racing weather. Running shorts, T Shirt, Nike Frees. No cold weather gear.
Terrain: Virtually dead flat. Not the absolute flattest course, but I can’t recall one significant grade.
Very enjoyable course, particularly if you are not from Savannah, or have not lived there for an appreciable time. The ancient live oaks, historical homes, winding course, provide a very nice back drop to the run.
Competition: Not the fastest group, but the leaders put up some respectable times. Overall and age group winners were competitive, but the rest of field ran the gamut of experience levels. A good first race for the uninitiated.
General Impression: Definitely run this race if looking for a Thanksgiving race in or around Savannah. Improved over last year, and look for more improvements going forward. The nicest port-a-potties you’ve ever seen.
Room for improvement: One negative is, while they did use D-tags, they were only used for the end time, and not the start time–So the race times did not produce a true “chip time”.