On Thanksgiving morning, I took my first trip to Broomfield, Colorado, a town of about 60,000 people, just northwest of Denver. I’d won a free race registration from active.com to a Turkey Trot 10K in Broomfield, and figured it was a good way to force myself to get my mid-week mid-length training run in early in the day.
The 5K and 10K turkey trots were organized by Redline, a running company out of Erie, Colorado, and were held in the Broomfield Commons Open Space. Hundreds of runners and spectators gathered on a turf football field-turned race start/finish area for the 9 a.m. 10K start and the 9:30 a.m. 5K start. I ran near the back of the 10K pack, saving my legs for this weekend’s 15-mile long run.
Despite a headwind that followed us regardless of what direction we ran, it wasn’t a bad race. There were some nice views of the mountains, and the course was partly on dirt paths, which is always a nice break for feet and knees.
The best part of the race may have been the finish area. Sponsors included local Colorado companies like EVOL Foods and Noosa Yoghurt, as well as more traditional finish area sponsors like Larabar, Cytomax, Cascadian Farms, Muscle Milk, Max Muscle, and Mrs. Fields Cookies.
There was also decent swag; runners received race shirts (unfortunately, there was a printing error this year, and the shirts ended up being distributed without being printed with the races details), and the first 1000 registrants received free arm warmers. In addition, runners were given a voucher for a free shirt from Redline. For $5.60 in postage, I ordered a free long-sleeve tech tee. Not a bad deal.
The race was followed by Thanksgiving dinner with friends of ours in Denver. With Nick’s homecoming approaching so quickly, I didn’t feel comfortable leaving the area this year, so I passed up generous offers by both sides of our families to fly me in to see family for the holiday, opting instead to spent the day with friends. It was a good day with plenty to be thankful for, and it was most likely my last race of “Running Through Deployment” before Nick returns home from Afghanistan.
I’ll cap off “Running Through Deployment” by running my first marathon in January, and for the first time, Nick will be there to cheer me on. As much as I’ve enjoyed the challenges of running so many races in 2012, I’m glad that in 2013, I can run to run, rather than running to deal with my emotions surrounding his deployment.
I hope that you and your family had a happy Thanksgiving, whether you were able to be together, or whether you spent this holiday apart.