We headed north in the quiet Keizer Station streets before veering off into the neighborhood streets of the Gubser neighborhood via a small tunnel under the railroad tracks. The entire course was open to traffic, but I honestly came across one car the entire time. There were a few volunteers at busier intersections, but it looked like they were all pretty bored with the lack of car activity and they passed their energies instead to us runners as we passed.
While I took a very leisurely pace to run with my wife and push our two-kiddo stroller, I did notice that this route would be perfect for those looking for a 5k PR (something to be thankful for). It is very flat with only a short gradual incline around mile 1.5 or so.
This race exceeded all expectations and the Mid-Willamette Valley (and others) showed up in droves for a great race. I envision this one continuing to grow and I know this will be on my yearly race calendar.
If you are looking to make a new tradition in your family, or want to come and check out a new Turkey Trot, I definitely recommend my hometown Thanksgiving race. Bring a group of 10 and register for only a total of $250 ($25/entry – which includes a tech shirt). Regardless, just get out there this holiday season and make some running memories! The race will benefit local non-profit, This year’s run will benefit a local nonprofit, Simply Birthdays.
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