The Turkey Hill Country Classic is a race that I have heard my friends rave about for years. It is a local race that started out small, but it has grown to include a 5k, 10k, half marathon and bike races.
I did three fairly tough races in April, so I wanted a fun race to start out the month of May. A friend asked me to do the Broad St. 10 miler with her, and I love that race, but it was longer than I wanted, plus logistics for that point-to-point race are, ummm….involved. A local 5k was a better fit.
My hubby Bill and I woke up to our usual alarm, walked the dog, and set off for Millersville, PA, a half hour drive. Parking was easy and close to the start of the race, registration was a breeze, lots of our running club friends met us at the start, and there were indoor bathrooms to use before the race (a big plus!)
The half marathon had started before we arrived, and we watched the 10k start right on time. The 5k runners lined up, there was a brief prayer, and we were off!
I am doing my own little project where I am trying to run a series of 5k races and get faster with every one. The first race that I did in this series had a course that was pancake flat. The Turkey Hill race started out as flat, but soon became gently rolling. There were no monster hills on the course, but there were one or two that got your attention around the halfway point.
The first mile was marked, and there was a volunteer standing at the mark calling out times. What a great perk! I do wear a watch when I run, but almost never look at it – I want to run by feel. I felt great, and my time was good at the one mile marker. Then came the hills. They were not too bad, but I could feel myself slowing down slightly.
The course flattened out, we turned the corner and hit the two mile mark, and again there was a volunteer calling out times. Sure enough, I ran the second mile about 45 seconds slower than the first.
The third mile was mostly flat, and I could pick up my speed again. When we turned the last corner and headed for the finish line, we were joined by some half marathoners who had started about an hour and 20 minutes before we did. The course was never crowded, though.
I crossed the finish line in 26:41 – 4 seconds slower than my first race in the 5k series. Ugh! I was disappointed. My disappointment decreased, however, when I found out that I won my age group. Bill got third in his very competitive age group.
There was plenty to do while waiting for the awards ceremony. Turkey Hill donated chocolate milk (any race with chocolate milk at the end gets an A+ from me), ice cream, iced tea and other drinks. There was popcorn, chips, Cheetos (a race with chocolate milk and Cheetos??? Yes, please!), hot dogs and fruit. There were free bouncy amusements for the kids, the Phillie Phanatic entertaining the crowd, games, and music and a giant cow. You could also watch the bike riders getting ready for their races. It was a wonderful party!
Bill and I collected our awards and headed for home to do more yard work. Yay! (That’s a sarcastic “Yay!, in case you couldn’t tell.) This is a race that I will definitely do again. There was a lot to love about it. I might try one of the longer races next time, but I really liked the 5k. It’s a dilemma that I will ponder for next year. Now I must find another 5k in June to continue my 5k project. I will look for one with a flat course this time!
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