When the date and location changed in 2015, I know there were a few people who were not thrilled. I know, personally, that it was weird to think about associating a Thanksgiving-themed race with Christmas lights – and even before Thanksgiving. However, I decided to try it out and let the experience dictate how I felt. You can read my recap from last year’s event, but here’s a few sentences I pulled about how it went.
[B]y golly, so much swag. All participants (21+) got 2 free Full Sail beers or Barefoot wine, as well as a pumpkin pie, big bags of Duck and Beaver sugar cookies, and race coffee mugs. The two colors of mugs allowed our family to take home two unique ones – sweet!
All-in-all, my little family left cold and tired, yet with smiles on our faces, arms full of stuff, and memories made. My almost 4-year-old is already asking if we can do this again next year. I have a feeling we will be back.
Basically, I had a much better time than anticipated and the race really held its own. It also allowed me to only fight the PIR Christmas traffic once and also made it so I could run this race AND another Turkey Trot on Thursday.
The addition of the relay (and removal of the 10k) is also not such a bad move in my opinion (though others may differ). The course itself already requires multiple loops through the lights due to the length of the course. A 10k means even more laps (and subsequent race course bunching) of a beautiful, yet repetitive course. We spoke with HTC and they stated that the listed course map is “backward” (we believe this essentially means the same thing as last year – that the course will run in a counter-clockwise motion).
Additionally, Thanksgiving, in many occasions, means that family from all walks of life are getting together to celebrate. A 4 person relay, where each team member will run two legs (consisting of 2 mile laps), means that more of your non-running family may be willing/able to come celebrate a race together! Walk teams of one leg of 2 miles are also allowed.
Then stick around for music, activities, and your awesome swag bag! Packet pickup is available at Carr Chevrolet in Beaverton on Tuesday, November 22 from 10-7. Consider giving it a shot this year!
HTC Race Series Turkey Trot Relay and 5k
When: 7pm on Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Where: Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory Blvd., Portland, OR 97217
Register: Online here; $35 (through 11/6; $40 after)