Huffin' for the Stuffin' - just a 5K Turkey Trot
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I did a Turkey Trot once when I was much younger, but I cheated and cut across a loop - cutting off a few meters. Now that I'm doing these half marathons, I thought I could do one the right way. I didn't have much of a choice this past year as Ed & Jackie have done Turkey Trots for decades and wouldn't give up the tradition even though they were spending Thanksgiving at my house this year.
So, I researched nearby Turkey Trots and found one in McDonough, Georgia - a little, cute town about half an hours drive from my little, cute town. There was a bigger event in Atlanta, but just a tad bit further, so we chose the small town event.
The 'Huffin for the Stuffin' in McDonough was another inaugural event. It seems appropriate that I'm just starting my half marathon activity and am joining all these organizations that are also just starting sponsoring them.
McDonough's Huffin for the Stuffin was so popular, they ran out of T-shirts. It's amazing how many people, in suburban Georgia, would want to pant on Thanksgiving morning as opposed to sleeping in or cooking or whatever 'normal' people do.
Anyway, Ed, mom & I woke up at an ungodly hour Thanksgiving morning and drove to McDonough to participate. It was cold for Georgia, but the atmosphere was warm. Hundreds of folks gathered to run the race - moms, dads and lots of kids.
5K is only 3+ miles, so it was an easy race. Just enough to make that second piece of pumpkin pie guilt free.
When we quickly finished the race, there were a few very long awards speeches, as well as gospel singing, a frozen turkey throw, a tots' trot, and a lot of small town camaraderie. The local firemen had come out and gave kids tours of the fire engines. In great, small town tradition, all proceeds from the race went to the "adopt a senior" program. When they named the winners in different age categories, a few family names kept cropping up. Obviously, all ages in some families were adept at running in McDonough.
Ed won first place in his age group. At 70+, he frequently wins. My mom also won in her age group, as she has been doing since she was about my age (actual age shall remain secret). She told me the reason is there is no competition.
After the race, we went to a nearby Waffle House that was open on Thanksgiving morning for a huge, carbo loaded breakfast. Then home for a nap, and then up to cook Thanksgiving Dinner - probably at the same time my neighbors were waking up to cook theirs.
Turkey Trots are found throughout the US and available in almost all towns - even the small ones. If you haven't explored this part of Americana, add it to your holiday tradition. It's easy, fun and especially good for our kids.