Race Recap: 2015 Turkeython— Tigard, OR

There’s nothing better than kicking off Thanksgiving day with a race. It makes all that food later feel a little more earned. After having a great time at the Turkeython last year, we decided to do it again… with one special addition.

After seeing all the costumes last year, I decided I really wanted to participate. My brother came up with a glorious, stupendous idea.

There are plenty of turkeys… all they need is someone to chase them…

Another large group at the Turkeython this year, but this time we all have aprons and axes!

Although cardboard, the axes turned out scarily realistic. Here Taylor models them.

Although cardboard, the axes turned out scarily realistic. Here Taylor models them.

The aprons were cheap white ones from Amazon, but the axes were carefully cut from cardboard, painted and assembled. We even added metallic duct-tape to the very edge to give it a sheen.

It was appropriate that my brother Taylor came up with the idea for the costumes and was largely responsible for how the axes turned out— his participation in the race marked the first time my whole family completed a running event together.

My family, plus other running friends made for a large group of 10, which was quite fun. Even the weather cooperated, although it was quite cold even if it was dry.

Handily enough, Überthons provided beanies and scarves in every registration packet, which was a lovely surprise. They are quite well made and very warm… perfect for before and after the race!

Jason planned to take it slow during this race— he was recovering from nasal surgery and wasn’t quite ready for his blistering speed. He instead ran with Jason2, pushing him to a better time.

I started my run with Katie, Taylor and Mom, but soon it was Katie and I only. Jason and Jason2 started behind us, but soon caught up and shortly after, I fell behind Kate to finish the rest of the race by myself. I was recovering from a cold and simply went out too fast.

Despite that, I proved I have a remarkably consistent 5K time, clocking in at the nearly the same finish time as I did at the Turkeython last year! Less than two minutes behind me, Taylor and Mom finished.

We circled back to the corner to watch Dad come in. Dad got a new walking PR and later another surprise— he won the drawing for $100 to Road Runner Sports!

It was the perfect start to our Thanksgiving.

The family wielding axes together, stays together. Oh yeah, and healthy exercise and all that. But mostly axes.

The family wielding axes together, stays together. Oh yeah, and healthy exercise and all that. But mostly axes.

Time: 34:16
Ran with:
Katie, then myself
Number in our Group: 
10!
Best Costume: Ours, of course! We had a blast.

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