The whole thing started out as a random plan hatched out of a conversation by a few friends over a bottle of wine (OK, maybe 2 or 3 bottles of wine, but really, who is counting?) We thought we should meet up at the post office and run "the loop" before we stuffed ourselves with turkey, mashed potatoes, and dessert.
Actually, the conversation went like more like this:
I really thought it would be funny to act like it was really official, so I did follow through and make a sign, really as a joke. I added in note that it was BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog).
"Hey, let's go run The Loop Thursday!"
"We can call it a Turkey Trot! ha ha"
"You're so awesome!"
"Let's make a sign like they do for real ones! ha ha!"
"OK I'll make the sign! Weee!"
Race day came, it was pouring rain. I was wondering if my buddies were going to show up or not, and was shocked when 12 people and 3 dogs showed up ready to race/walk "the loop". I know, that doesn't sound like a lot of people. But when you live in a town with a population of 60, that is better than 10% of the town's population. I think that is a pretty darn good.
I ran back to my house and grabbed a roll of orange flagging, tied to to the post office and rolled it across the road to make a start line. We agreed that this could double as a finish line tape, so after I shouted the official "GO!", we picked it up and tied to to the stop sign (which, incidentally, blocks off the road), and started in front of it instead. It delays things a little, but you NEED a finish line.
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