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Mini-Cassia Turkey Trot 2014

It's a week post turkey-day, but since my giveaway is over (prepare for another awesome one again soon!) I am finally going to share my T-day with you!

In my small town, I was hunting for a turkey trot. I didn't want to drive 2 hours to Boise and I knew the Twin Falls YMCA was going to have one, but they didn't have any sign up links online. No info posted on the website other then "more information soon!" No, I don't want to sign up race day morning, I want to sign up, and be ready to run come race day morning!

THAT is why I chose to drive 40 minutes east of me for this race. The Mini-Cassia Turkey Trot HAD a website. And you could register! And if you shared the race on Facebook, you could save $1.00. Not much in savings but since this 5K was under $20, it was a total deal!

Post race with my twinsie!
The week before T-Day, I found out that A LOT of the small towns around me we having Turkey Trots. Dang it! I was already registered for a race. Of course I had to read the newspaper old school style because not much info is updated into websites 'round these parts. The paper is very important here.
From IG
I made my skirt and laid everything out the night before. I was calm, no jitters! But I have been having a hard time sleeping lately. So not much sleep was had. Brekky was a bagel and cream cheese and I had 1.5 cup of coffee. I was ready to make my race commute to Paul, Idaho!

Candid pre-race warm up!

This was held starting at a school. The school start was very easy to find and there was plenty of parking and you could potty in a real potty in the school. (I am not a fan of outdoor portapotties...) The packet pickup was hassle free. Everything, including the bib and pins was already in the goodie bag for you to take. No need to stand and wait in multiple lines. Get in and get out.

First Mile
 The race directors (I'm assuming) were having giveaways of goodies pre-race. Silly random things like Who's 9 months preggy doing the race, and who hasn't brushed their teeth this morning. There was also a costume contest. There were a couple of people with turkey hats on and someone was dressed up as Duck Dynasty in camo with a beard. Of course, I dressed up and I looked like a big turkey too! I won a $15 gift card to a store in Burley Idaho (who's business hours are only 3 days during the week during this busy shopping season... :-/ Insert a WTF here... ) But there was no music at the start, just engaging the crowd with giveaways. And I enjoyed that. It was a big enough race and the PA speakers were outside as well as inside! No matter where you were, you could hear what was going on at the starting line.

Mrs. Burley Idaho in the pink!
There were a variety of people participating and as I looked at last years race results, people were freaking fast! I didn't plan on placing here, and I don't think I would have. There were 3 age divisions (Male and female) - kids and Masters and younger.

First Mile
The race route was nice. It was easy to follow on the streets of the town. I didn't feel like traffic (what little there was) was annoyed and out to run us over as in Boise or some other towns. As we ran past some residential, there were plenty of people watching us from their front windows and front yards. (The weather was crazy perfect near 50 degrees!) Oh, and the streets were CLEAN. Since the BF and I pick up so much JUNK on some of my runs, that it just SURPRISED me how free of litter the town was! No pop cans or bottles. No bits of screws and bolts. The town streets were CLEAN!

Near the finish!

I started out at an OK pace. But for some reason, my knee just locked up on me. I just couldn't move it and I know I was visibly limping. I warmed up pre-race, although I know I could have done more. I didn't drink as much water as I could have the days before the race. My knee actually hurt while running. It don't hurt while walking so I don't know why it decided to be cranky. Since I started at an OK pace, I just gradually slowed down and finished at 31:43. You were responsible for keeping track of your finishing time and writing it on your tear off piece on your bib and submitting it. Old school but still fine.
At the race start
Post race, there were plenty of goodies in the gym where the awards were going to be handed out. There was a bike raffle for all the finishers and the youngest finisher who finished the whole race on their own got a pedal car! There were so many Chobanis, bananas, water and milks at the finish. There were cases and cases of Chobanis, we took a few extra. They were the cranberry and oats - yum!
The pedal car & bike
I think this had to have been one of the BEST, if not the best put together races that I have done. Even the few races the BF has been with me to the last year even thought so! I do a few races and it seems like the majority just don't run as smoothly as they should. (Ahem Treasure Valley YMCA) I don't know if its because this was done at the school and people running the show here are part of the school are used to handling a large mass of random people at once.

People waiting for the awards
 Or if the small town community gathering mind set helped. But for the amount of people that ran and how organized the race was, it was nice. If I am still in this area and have not moved back to Boise for next Turkey Day, this race is on my To-Do list again!

 Did you race this turkey day? Any advice for a cranky knee other then some rest right now?


  1. Well done! Sounds like a fun race. I can't believe it was >$20. To find a 5k under $30 here is rare.

    1. I know! I had to jump on this race since it was cheap even though it was a long drive!

  2. Hey! My hometown...seriously. I lived in Paul for most of my growing up years. Went to that West Minico Jr High where the start is located. I still have lots of family that live there. Last year, we spend T-Day with my Dad and did this run. This year, he came to Boise. I guess if we're forming a pattern, so next year we'll probably be down there and will do it again.

    I would have to agree with you, this race is old school, but extremely well put together. They make it really fun. The 5k distance almost circles the whole town. It would be kinda cool if they added a 10k, because you could literally run around the entire town.

    1. That is so awesome! If we don't move back to Boise from Jerome by this time next year, I will be doing this race again! A 10K would be cool!


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