Marion Turkey Trot, Saturday November 16, 2013, Marion, IA 8K. Cloudy, 40 deg, misty
Registration: Available online or by submitting a form and sending it in. Cost with long sleeve tee was around $25. Not guaranteed a shirt after certain date.
Packet Pick Up: Pick up was held Friday at a nearby church or on race day at the Marion high School. Editor’s note: This was the 21st year of this race, and I had a friend, Laura pick up my race stuff. She had to go to a stop for the shirt, the bib and the chip. In order to get the chip she had to watch a video on proper placing of the chip on her shoe, this created a crazy line.
Funny Story: The line was going out the church, so as Laura was waiting she was approached by a stranger to use her cell phone. Laura found out this person thought the long line coming from the church was to pick up a free turkey.
Bottom line: packet pick-up on Friday at the church could be improved.
Pre-race: The race started at 9:00 at the Marion high school. Parking was available at the school, but it was first come first serve and very limited. Side street parking available a few blocks away. Mini expo was also taking place inside the school, but not sure local banks are a good fit for a running event. Bathrooms available in the school, no porta-potties.
Race: There were 2 races at the same time a 4k and an 8K. These races started after some brief race announcements and a live rendition of the National Anthem. There was a mile which would start later. It was a crowded with a gun start. The course took us through the city of Marion, no major attractions to see. The 4k split from the 8k, then rejoined again. Run on city streets, combination of asphalt, cement and bricks. Each mile was marked and a volunteer was shouting times. A few water stops on the course. One major hill in a cemetery. Finish was marked with an inflatable arch and clock. There were some walkers to the left of the finish which were a part of the one mile, which made for a crowded end. There were also finishers walking the course backwards to find their friends.
Post Race: Water bottles handed out after your chip was removed from your shoe. Small walk back to the school for apples, granola bars and bananas. A pancake breakfast was also happening, free for runners which included pancakes and milk. Results were posted on paper on the wall.
Overall: I will run the race again if my calender is not full, but it’s not a must do, too crowded for me and packet pick up is a hassle.
Personal: I am back on the training wagon for the Dopey challenge in Disney World. On the training calendar was an 11 mile run. So Josh, Laura and I ran 6 more miles after the race on a near by trail. I feel better with all my injuries. I also think I set an 8k PR, but not for sure where or when I last ran this distance.
We were so fast, we were a blur