Friday, November 26, 2010

Caratunk Turkey Trot Race Report

We had gorgeous weather for the 4th annual Caratunk Turkey Trot.  There was a lot of hunter orange and plenty of smiles and laughter.  This year we had 22 people and 12 dogs participating.  Most people walked with their dogs (I did) but we had 4 runners this year who did the loop plus a little extra to make up a real 5k run.

Pre-trot chatter and smack talk, between the dogs ofcourse
A quick survey of the crowd determined that everyone was there who wanted to be there.  I rolled out the orange flagging tape and got in front of the crowd that had gathered at our little post office.  At the pre-race "speech" I welcomed everyone to the 4th Annual Caratunk Turkey Trot, thanked them all for coming, and wished them a happy Thanksgiving. 

I also laid out the ground rules, which were basically to have fun, and not get hit by a truck on Route 201.  I also reminded everyone what direction we were doing the loop and pointed out the "short cuts" if anyone wanted to bag out early (and yes, there was a penalty for that.  I don't know what it was, but I just told them there would be a penalty).
Checking out the start/finish line flagging
Everyone there seemed really excited, and a few more cars pulled in to join us just before the start. 

One car stopped and ask us about the "Road Race" that was going on, and wondered if the road was closed for the race and if he could get through to the "other side of town."  After some laughing, we told him no, the road wasn't closed, but that we were looking for a pace car to notify spectators of the winning runners. 

He looked at us blankly for a second then burst out laughing.  Then we invited him to participate, he politely declined, wished us a Happy Thanksgiving, and drove off. 

Without further delay, we started the race.  My friend Cindy and I just said, "OK!! Ready? Set! GO GO GO!" and then we were off.
The start, just before a few more people showed up

Note the paparazzi on the right (it is a guy with a camera).  This is turning into a big event!

Coming down the town hill (where I do my hill repeats) for the final stretch

Heather, Tommy (the mighty biker), and Tucker at the finish

Happy boys, post race.  Ready for some turkey!
Bailey was the winning dog, of course, since I make the rules.
After the race everyone pretty much all skedaddled, they had turkeys to keep an eye on and families and friends coming.  We all talked a bit and hugged and wished each other a Happy Turkey Day.  Lots of people thanked me for organizing the race, and Marie, our post master, told me I should nominated the town's morale officer, which I thought was really nice and made me feel especially good.

I hope everyone had an awesome day yesterday!

28 comments:

misszippy said...

Awesome! Wow, Tucker needs to do more Turkey Trots!

She said I need a goal said...

I think i want to move to Caratunk! It's my favourite race report but you forgot your post race dinner photos.

Congrats to Bailey!!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

How fun!!!

Just an idea for next year to ponder, what if you made it to charge a flat fee, lets say $5 for example and send all the money to a charity.

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Love it! Yeah, I think Tucker may need a few extra loops. Ha Ha!

fyi, I've signed up for Mt. Desert 2011. So excited!

Julie said...

What a great idea to have a family Turkey Trot! Great pictures and I love the finish line:)

Jon said...

Nice!

Does Bailey have a twin?!?!?

Jason said...

I love this.

OK, so we did the Dallas Turkey Trot with 40,000 people and the first two miles are essentially manuevering and Karen kept saying this was her last year to do it.

I think we are getting close to convincing her to travel to Caratunk....

And then we can brainstorm on:
Caratunke Maine Triathlon

The M in Maine can stand for Man
And the I can stand for Iron.

Then a few participants later and WTC will purchase it.....

JohnP said...

That is awesome! Looks like you had alot of fun with it!

One of my fav race reports too lol!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

What a great time you Caratunkers have!!! Tucker is huge!!

MOOREBOG said...

love to see Caratunk come alive!!The town was not on the charts until you moved there...hoorah!!

Jamoosh said...

Brilliant!

Johan Stemmet said...

That is just awesome. Great fun, Well done

Megan said...

That's awesome that it is such a fun, casual run/walk. I like how you still had everyone line up at the starting line. hahaha. Happy belated Turkey Day!

Colleen said...

Love it! :)

Anne-Marie said...

Great pictures! Looks like everyone had a great time.

Aimee said...

That is just awesome!

Amanda@runninghood said...

This looks like fun! Glad to find your blog and hope to catch up soon.

LMC said...

I just love that start/finish line! Congrats to Bailey and to you for all the hard work organizing the event!:) Love the pics!

Brybrarobry said...

M, first off, the important things, love the name Tucker, I now know what I"d call a dog if I had one. haha.

Great job on the trot, it looked like fun. Where's the beers afterwards. Next year if I come, I demand post race beers. I'll even pay extra. haha

B

Mark said...

Have you thought of combing roller skates, or skateboards and having an urban 5k iditarod next year?

Seems like you have enough dogs.

Oh, I have an H2O audio as well. Over time, I became a little less fond of the device. I don't like having to "fuss" with stuff while I train. I n theory, I think it is super-cool, but it just took so much energy to keep the darn things working effectively. Boo.

Kristin said...

Awesome!! Looks like everyone had fun!! :)

DRog said...

Awesome Mandy! Loooove it...looks awesome!

Derek

Jill said...

Oh my gosh, that is just freaking awesome!!!! I organized a race on turkey day for a party of one - me. Maybe I need to hire you for some PR work next year :).

Regina said...

That is fantastic!! Did Bailey have a new PR? What a cool, fun thing for you to organize!

Black Knight said...

Bailey is a myth. 1st overall, age group, dogs, living things ecc. It looks like a funny event. Great pictures.

Patrick Mahoney said...

See how power corrupts? Baily wins. Shocking :). Is that his brother or system behind him? They look like twins.

Quinton J said...

YUPPERS! You'd make a wicked 'Morale Officer'

Lake_Moxie_Mom said...

I love all the Tucker comments!! LOL!
Tucker is my big boy and yes, he is HUGE!! LOL!! He used to be slim and trim in his younger days as he used to go running with me, now he starts with me, sits and waits for me to come back for him... he will be 11 years old this weekend. He is 1/2 Golden 1/2 Siberian Husky (mother had Malamute in her blood line) and he weighs in at a whopping 123 pounds ;-)

The Turkey Trot is so much fun!! I usually run it, but my 5 year old insisted on rising his bike and having Mommy and Tucker walk/ jog next to him as he biked. We had soooo much fun, as we always do!!!

Last year I had to cheer everyone on from the sidelines as I had torn my Achilles and I was so bummed, but still had fun cheering everyone on :) I begin my 15K training over Christmas Vacation. VERY EXCITED!!!!!!