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Race report from Andover, MA turkey trot

Friday, November 29, 2013

Early on a chilly thanksgiving morning, we joined about 10,000 walkers, joggers, and runners to participate in the Feaster Five race in Andover, MA.

It was the third year we have ran in it, and this year my two big kids (7 and 5) we're big enough to do the kids race. The 5 and 6 year olds had a 200 m dash and the 7 and 8 year olds did a 300 m dash. My kids were pretty chilly and not that fired up about it, but they ran anyway and got a nice Feaster Five medal. My DW was taking care of the two littles, who were bundled up like the kid in the Christmas Story, while I helped the big ones at the race. After their race, she whisked the kids off to the warmth of the car and found an open Dunkins on the way back to my brother's house.

I linked up with my SIL and her two daughters (12 and 14). The last two years, I have been running with and pacing her older daughter. Last year we started too far back and were weaving through hoards of walkers, dogs, and buggys. We started closer to the front, near the 7:30 pace sign. We still had to do a lot of weaving, but a less than last year. The race starts with a flat half mile then a half mile up hill. We had a good start and a climb up the hill, hitting the first mile around 7:45. At the top of the hill, you turn the corner and have a long straight section with a slight downhill. We hit the second mile around 7:15. The third mile continued straight for a bit before turning, making a rough triangle. We ran the third mile in just under 7 min, and turned up a short climb to the finish line. We finished in 23:20 chip time, a full minute off last year's time!

There were some legit runners out there, the winning male runner came in at 15:10! The leading female runner was 17 something, pretty speedy! I ended up finishing 202 out of 6000 some 5k runners (there were about 4000 5 mile runners too). I has a pretty good AG showing, with a 15/640. My two nieces did awesome, the older one finished 9th in the female 13-19 AG and the younger one ran with her two soccer friends and the three of them finished 6-7-8 in the female U12 AG. They are both big into soccer, but if that doesn't work for them, I bet they could switch to cross country!

It was a lot of fun, and a great start to a fun Thanksgiving. We had a good visit and came back home from MA today (Friday). It is nice to be back with some weekend left to recover from Thanksgiving!

Take care, everyone! Happy thanksgiving!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WONDERWOMAN 12/1/2013 6:49PM

    Great job. Love that you helped the girls out. I love running with the younger ones.

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NATPLUMMER 12/1/2013 4:39PM


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ROXYZMOM 11/30/2013 5:17PM

    That sounded like an awesome family day! You are such a great role model!

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MBTEPP 11/30/2013 10:53AM

    What a great annual tradition, and sending a healthy habit message to the kids! Nice job, great report.


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RUN4FOOD 11/30/2013 10:05AM

    Great run and glad you were able to make it a family event.

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PDQ1203 11/30/2013 9:55AM


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SMITTY4RL 11/30/2013 9:23AM

    What a great race! I really like the family-oriented themes, like medals at the kid's events because that just spurs them on, although maybe not so much in the cold weather, lol. You, my friend, are pretty speedy--and your niece is awesome! I wonder if she likes it enough to continue? Good race!

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MWWENSIN 11/30/2013 8:14AM

    Sounds like a great family run.

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CFMOSS 11/30/2013 6:59AM

    Good job. Nice that your children are joining you.

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TORTISE110 11/30/2013 5:35AM

    What a great tradition and a fine run! Sounded like a lot of fun too.

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BOILHAM 11/30/2013 12:27AM

    Great job, you are really fast!

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GOING-STRONG 11/29/2013 9:43PM

    Congrats on the stellar results! Way to start off the Holiday Season!


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DIETER27 11/29/2013 9:25PM

  OMG! Sounds like fun....

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/29/2013 9:25PM

    Glad to hear you had a good race. My mom lives in N. Andover and we go see her pretty it there!

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DOGLADY13 11/29/2013 9:23PM

    OMG! If I'd known, I would have come out to cheer you on. I live right down the street in Lowell MA!

I've never done the Feaster Five, but it is much loved and talked about in these parts.

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