Friday, November 21, 2008

Turkey Trot fever.

Not sure who came up with the name Turkey Trot but you got to admit it sure does fit the occasion. Two of Delaware's oldest races take place this week. The Turkey Trot in Newark and the Thanksgiving Day Run Walk in downtown Wilmington. Both have some things in common. For one both are 10k/ 5k distances. The Newark Turkey Trot now in its 35th year has used the same 10k route for the past 34 years. New neighborhoods have sprung up and the roads are repaved but the course remains the same. The 30th Annual PNC Bank Run Walk for MS on Thanksgiving Day starts downtown at the PNC Bank and continues out and around Rockford Park. Both events are usatf certified. This years Newark Turkey Trot in Newark may surpass the 1000 mark for the first time ever. The Thanksgiving Day event may be Delaware's largest running event with up to 2000 runners. But it was not always this way for these two events. The Newark Turkey Trot use to be a 10k only. Slowly the number of runners dwindled. The 5k was added years ago and this event soon began its come back. Same thing with the Thanksgiving Day event. We use to run a 10k only starting and finishing at Brandywine Creek State Park. We would get 400 to 500 participants which was at the time a really great turnout.....problem was we outgrew the state park. When title sponsor Bank of DE now PNC Bank built its downtown headquarters we decided it best to move the event into the City of Wilmington and add a 5k to the mix. These two events are almost like homecoming for many....just a great way to see family and friends. And work up an appetite for turkey dinner. Hope you can join us.