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Race Recap: 2019 Tamale Trot 5K/10K (Salem)

This has been my 4th time running the Tamale Trot and this was also the 4th year that Friends of Pimpollo has put it on. Each year the race has grown as has the energy with it. As always, the race proceeds go to benefit the organization whose goal “is to develop and support education-based projects and programs focused on poor children and their families of Mexican heritage”. Each year they also provide tamales (duh), beer, chips and salsa, and this year, tequila!

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Kelsey Vaughn Photography

The race starts near the amphitheater at Riverfront Park and crosses the “Taco Bridge” into Minto Island Park and loops back across the start line to finish. While this course and route is very familiar to me, it also helped me to keep pushing myself and hit a new PR for my 5k! As is par for the course during fall in Oregon, the weather couldn’t make its mind up. We went from heavy wind and rain to bright sunny skies within 20 minutes which added to some anxiety as to how quickly I would finish.

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Kelsey Vaughn Photography

At the finish line you are awarded with a medal thanking you for your support as well as warm fresh tamales and beer. If there is one thing you can count on with the Tamale Trot, it’s a vast supply of food and beer to help you recover. Kelsey Vaughn Photography was there again this year to capture your best race face and shares the photos free of charge online which is rare these days but also a welcome addition for your scrapbook.

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Kelsey Vaughn Photography

All in all an exciting and fun race for the family with proceeds going to a good cause. With a kids race, 5k, and 10k distances there’s something for everyone and you can always volunteer if you don’t want to run but still enjoy tamales! I’ll definitely continue my streak of running this annually and enjoying all of the food and drinks that accompany it.



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