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Race report from West Point Turkey Trot

Monday, November 18, 2013

Well, turkey trots are usually fairly low key, more about the fun and exercise than anything. The West Point TT was low key, even for a TT. There were probably about 150 runners with adults, teens, kids, dogs, and little kids bundled up in baby joggers. It was a $5 entry fee (free for cadets, who were fairly well represented).

The start was a short walk from my house, so I bundled Elizbeth and Henry into their layers and into the buggy and warmed up a bit on the walk down to the race. It was a great racing temp, around high forties to low fifties. Cool enough that I wore a light jacket and hat during warm up and cool down, but I was able to comfortably run in a t-shirt and shorts.

As it got close to the 8am start time, we lined up for a few announcements and a nice vocal rendition of the anthem before starting off. I lined up about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way back in the pack because I had the double buggy.

The course left the parking lot and hit the first hill at the 0.1 mi marker. It was a fairly short hill, but left a few who weren't used to hills or who had forgotten to warm up gasping for breath. I held my own on the hill then started passing winded folks on the straightaway. One of them was my friend Corey from the physics frisbee team. He was a bit put out that I was passing him with a buggy, so he hung with me until he caught his breath and passed me before a step descent.

After Corey passed me, I hung behind him for a bit and we passed a few more people on the first descent, the next flat and the next descent, which got us down to the Hudson River level. Then a brief hill, back to river level, and another flat section. We hit the two mile mark before the third hill, which was longer and steeper than most folks were prepared for. I passed Corey and a young lady near the bottom of the hill and dug in for the climb.

At that point, I think Corey's competitiveness kicked in and about 1/3 of the way up the hill he surged passed me. His gambit may have worked if he had waited a bit before overtaking me. Instead he burned out and I passed him for good about 2/3 of the way up.

The rest of my family including my MIL and FIL were at the top of the hill cheering and ringing a cowbell. They said they were surprised to see me that early (7 min behind the leaders). They got a picture of me giving Paulie a high 5 as I jogged past, I will have to get a copy.

After the hill, it was a flat 1/2 mile to the finish. I had enough juice left to finish strong, passing a few more runners on my way in to a 25:11 finish time. They only recorded finish times for the top three men and women overall, teens, and 12 and under. I didn't catch the winning times except the male overall had an 18:30 or so. No idea on how I did within my age group or overall, but as I was approaching the finish I heard someone announce that we were the first buggy.

We stuck around for the awards after, then went home. Then we took everyone out for a hike in Bear Mountain State Park just South of West Point. There is an abandoned town called Doodletown in the park and we did a nice two hour loop through the town and the surrounding woods. I carried Henry in the backpack. The big kids did well, Elizabeth had to be carried for part of the hike.

We had a great weekend overall. The only downside was that I over indulged a bit and gained 3 lbs over the weekend! That should come off fast as I get back to normal though. Thanks for reading, have a great week!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/20/2013 10:19AM

    You are fantastic.

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MOBYCARP 11/18/2013 8:17PM

    You might not know how you did in your age group, but you know your kids finished first in the "buggy riders" age group! Good job, nice write up of a fun day.

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AGGIEKBEAR03 11/18/2013 2:35PM

    Well done on the run! Running with the strollers is always a lot more work but I love having the company and exposing my children to being active.

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JEWELS571 11/18/2013 1:45PM

    Awesome time!!! Nice blog!

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LISAINMS 11/18/2013 12:27PM

    Love reading about your family adventures. Great run time especially pushing a buggy!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/18/2013 12:13PM

    What a lovely family weekend. Great race and report. It's been decades since I've been to West Point or Bear Mt. Thanks for triggering nice memories for me.

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COOP9002 11/18/2013 11:14AM

    Excellent job! Glad you had a great weekend.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/18/2013 11:13AM

    Sounds like a great weekend! I bet that 3 lbs isn't real - how could it be with all that exercise?

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MBTEPP 11/18/2013 11:05AM

    Sounds like an incredible weekend! The hike chaser was a bonus!

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GOING-STRONG 11/18/2013 10:55AM

    Great race report and good job tackling those hills. It is during hilly races that the training always shows and pays off.


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NATPLUMMER 11/18/2013 10:51AM


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DEBBYFROMMT 11/18/2013 9:51AM

    Sounds like soooo much fun! An excellent time! (I wonder how much faster you would be without a stroller?)

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/18/2013 9:43AM


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BOILHAM 11/18/2013 9:35AM

    Soimetimes when I am reading, I catch myself smiling as I read. I did that this morning, as I think I smiled the whole way through this blog. Love the family atmosphere of this blog especially.

And wow, a 25 minute time with the buggy! Just excellent.

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SMITTY4RL 11/18/2013 9:12AM

    Super race report and I can bet the kids loved going that fast in the buggy, lol. I love to hear parents actively engaging their kids in outdoor activities--way to go and you're setting a great example!

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BIGPAWSUP 11/18/2013 9:00AM

    Great race report! Congrats on a good run!

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ONMYMEDS 11/18/2013 8:59AM

    Well done!! emoticon

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AEROBISAURUS 11/18/2013 8:55AM

    emoticon Your kids are lucky to have such a Super Dad! emoticon

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RHYMESWITHBABY 11/18/2013 8:10AM

    Sounds like fun! Congratulations on being the first buggy!

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VISUALLYRICS 11/18/2013 7:54AM

    emoticon emoticon on your time! how you include your children in these events.

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ROXYZMOM 11/18/2013 7:05AM

    I bet your kids enjoyed the ride! Very exciting!

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CFMOSS 11/18/2013 7:04AM

    Sounds like a nice weekend.....good turkey trot with a dollop of competitiveness added to good family time.

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