Events and price:
5k $35 ($20 if under 18 years old)
10k $40 ($20 if under 18 years old)
10k relay $65 per team
Virtual 5k or 10k $30
Location: Bridgeport Village; Tigard, OR
Beneficiaries: The American Heart Association & Doernbecher's Childrens Hospital benefit through optional donations during registration, orthrough optional donations of needed items (donations are not included in your registration fee).
Swag: A sweet and hefty Turkeython medal! Post-race snacks (muffins, oranges and bananas), and warm coffee and cocoa.
Course: 5k is one loop around Bridgeport Village, 10k is two loops. Course map is available here.
But even more than running my 53rd race of 2014, I was so happy to have so many friends come out to Bridgeport Village for this event. Although all of them have done lots of races, many of them had never been to an Uberthons race, and I just get so excited sharing new events with people! I love it. I love getting them excited about a great event, and this year's Turkeython was even bigger and better than last year's Turkeython. At this year's event, Mayor Lou Ogden, Mayor John Cook, Mayor Denny Doyle, and 2014 Miss Portland Allison Burke were present, and Turkeythoners brought tons of gifts to donate to Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
I rode over to Bridgeport with the Ron and Ardara and the kids. We arrived plenty early so there was lots of parking available (even if we had arrived later, there was an entire parking garage), grabbed some coffee, and went to pick up our bibs the morning of (and as always, the Uberthons bib pickup is super fast). Bridgeport is a great venue for the race--while we were waiting for the race to start, there were plenty of awnings to stay more or less dry under, there was lots to look at, plenty of space, and numerous photo ops! The porta potty lines moved pretty quickly too.
I was a little bummed in the days before the event. I had REALLY wanted Turkeython to be a 5k PR for me. But I hadn't done the training to be ready for it. And when I ordered coffee the morning of the race, I forgot to order SOYMILK, and had real milk instead--I'm lactose intolerant. So as we lined up in the starting corral, I didn't really know how this race was going to go for me.
I ended up being in the second or third wave of people. Uberthons typically does loosely grouped waves--if you're aiming for a PR, be sure to be in the very front! Since Turkeython typically has a good turnout of faster runners, I didn't even hope that I would get a decent age-division result and started a bit back from the front. The first part of the race involved a bit of weaving around the crowd, since I was in the back of my wave. I forgot my Garmin and was using the Map My Run app on my phone (which is a crappy app and was completely inaccurate). Halfway through the race I started to feel a little nauseous. I didn't really feel very fatigued, it was just my stomach feeling icky. Most of the course was one lane wide, on closed off streets. It was mostly flat, with a slight incline at one point.
I thought I would REALLY throw up as I crossed the finish line, so I grabbed my medal and said thank you to the volunteer, and then darted for the outskirts of the finish line area. My friend Ron tried to get my attention, but I needed to walk it off a bit. After a moment or two, my stomach settled and I was fine.
Afterwards, I headed straight to the massage/chiropractor's table! Acceleration Sports Medicine was there volunteering their services for free. They've worked on me at other Uberthons events, and they do an AMAZING job. My back/shoulder has been getting worse for awhile, and they did such a good job of working on it. There were PLENTY of oranges, bananas, muffins, bottled water, candy canes, cocoa and coffee for participants in a nice little tent near the finish line. Ardara won a pumpkin pie for having the best costume, and a few friends placed in the top three in their age divisions (although Uberthons usually only does prizes for the overall winners). I didn't realize until after we had gotten home and I was looking at the results that I had actually placed third in my age division as well!
While I didn't PR, I still had so much to be thankful for at this race. Uberthons did a fantastic job of organizing the event, the pre- and post-race festivities were wonderful, and the medals were AMAZING, as always. And I can't wait for next year's race!