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2012 Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot - The Race Report

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We celebrated our Anniversary on this Thanksgiving Day! In 2010, this was our first 5K. 29 5Ks and 2 Half Marathons later, this is just one of our testimony benchmarks to good health! With a field of 20,000, I'm nursing a "tender" Achilles and the fact that we were doing the Space Coast Half Marathon in 72 hours, I decided to embrace the sights & sounds of this event!

Having breakfast off a new Smart Choices menu at Einstein Bros...

...we met Anne-Marie & Wolfgang from Wolfsburg, Germany. I had seen them at the Pre-Race Party, and wanted to show a little hospitality. They belonged to a German National Triathlon Club and were running the Clearwater Challenge (5K, 1Mile, 10K) during their US vacation! (I regret that I didn't get a photo of us together.) We traded e-mail addys and wished good times all around!

We made it to the Starting Line 15 minutes before the air horn start. Soon, along with 20,0000 of our new closest runner friends, we were off!

Our first musical support station was a great steel drummer to set our tropical location right!

DSSECRETS pointed our one of our sidewalk "supporters." Ya gotta laugh!

All the volunteers had great attitude and focused on the needs of the participants! This was the first of several water stations.

Just a duo but great local talent! The guitarist was strong!

And this was just the first mile straightaway!

As mentioned, props to all the volunteers! The Palm Harbor Panthers Cheerleaders Water Station!

Love this music stop! Dixieland, Ragtime, N'Awlins Style music!

Uh huh, mile 2!

D's not crazy about Country, I like it all! Another course regular and fun bunch of guys!

This band ensemble played Christmas music to get us all in the holiday spirit!

Love the fact that this trio of bagpipers played victory music as we were in the final stretch!

Just entering the stadium...

...and coming to the finish line!

My fave DSSECRETS finish shot to date!

Just a part of the 20,000+Turkey Trot participants!

Had to take this shot of the best teammate one could ever have!

I love stadium finishes!

Embracing the essence of this Turkey Trot was the goal. I'm happy we always do this. Life is too short and we will never pass this way again. Thanks and much love in the holidays to come!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KPETSCHE 12/1/2012 3:35PM

    WooHoo! Way to go Monty! You and DSSECRETS had a great "Anniversary" run. Thanks for the pics and commentary.

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MEXGAL1 11/29/2012 10:23AM

    Looks like a lot of fun. I would so get into running if I lived there or somewhere with real roads and not cobblestones.
Thanks so much for sharing the photos.

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KKKAREN 11/29/2012 8:36AM

    What a great record you two have on racing. What was your time? I'm just starting to add some run to my walk and wondered what time goals I should set. I walk a 5K 5 days a week.

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KANDOLAKER 11/29/2012 8:31AM

    Wow - it was fun virtually running that race with you. Looks like a great one - with the entertainers and the stadium finish. Way to go!!

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THIMBLER 11/29/2012 6:31AM

    Happy Anniversary!! I love the Turkey Trot! It is a lot of people, but it they all add to the excitement. I love the photos! That was fun!

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JUNEPA 11/29/2012 12:36AM

    You rock Monty. Great race, wow, what a crowd!!

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DSSECRETS 11/28/2012 8:38PM

    What a fun way to start the Thanksgiving weekend!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/28/2012 8:22PM

    What a great looking event! I Ditto Marsha's comment about looking forward to the Space Coast race report... but as for this one EVERYBODY should have a "home" race they go back to year after year. I'm thinking the Lincoln half is mine. No wonder I'm trying to talk you Floridians into it!

I fully expect I'll register as a knee-jerk reaction when it opens up next week. I'll post the link in my blog to their registration site when I do, just in CASE, so y'all can find it.

Oh, and as for Florida, I noticed while toweling off after my swim tonight... I have a tan! Me! In Nebraska. In late November. I know it didn't come from HERE! emoticon emoticon It's all Florida's fault!

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KERRYG155 11/28/2012 8:11PM

    What a great way to celebrate your anniversary! Wishing you many more-anniversaries and great races emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 11/28/2012 5:52PM

    Oh, thanks for a great race report. And you even took the time to shoot some great pictures along the way. I agree the finishing shot of Darren is better than most pro shots. Good for you!!

I've never run a race with 20,000. Wow, that's a big race. Here's to health!! Here's to 29 more 5Ks in the next year or so, right??!!! Go, Monty!!

Can't wait to read about Space Coast HM - tomorrow?? No pressure, just looking forward to it..... -Marsha

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/28/2012 5:51PM

    Happy Anniversary! What a great way to celebrate.

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MIRAGE727 11/28/2012 5:44PM

    Mary, I love the legend of Cemetery Hill and think it's cool that it's a part of the Turkey Trot. I wonder how many really know about the legend! I didn't run the right speed to see "Dead Prom Girl!"

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/28/2012 4:55PM

    20,000+ participants? Wow! We had 13,000 and it was too many.

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PLANTAGO 11/28/2012 4:24PM

    Cool! Loved the music groups, esp the Scotts! emoticon

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SEABREEZE65 11/28/2012 4:21PM

    Looks like a great time!!!!

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    Glad you had a blast. Did you love cemetery hill?

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DIET_FRIEND 11/28/2012 2:42PM

    Great blog-ty for sharing!

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NATPLUMMER 11/28/2012 2:37PM's actually posted this time ;-)
Awesome race!

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STARDUSTD 11/28/2012 2:28PM

  Wow, what a HUGE race. It's awesome to see so many wanting to spend their holiday in some activity.

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LAURIE5658 11/28/2012 2:28PM

    How much fun is that?! Absolutely sparktastic!

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