Webster Turkey Trot Four-Four, 2020 (Virtual)

This Thanksgiving was different. I know, surprising, right?

Though I had registered on Black Friday last year for this year’s Webster Turkey Trot, and therefore was eligible to run in-person, I just didn’t feel that the potential risk was worth it. (This is not knocking the great effort that Yellow Jacket Racing went to to adjust procedures to allow for an in-person option for those that wanted it.) And, the atmosphere would be completely different, with no huge crowd of runners at the starting line, and no huge crowd of spectators cheering us on as we finished. So, I opt-ed to convert my registration to the virtual option.

I decided to do my run on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It was decent weather — around 40℉ and no rain/snow.

I ran along the Erie Canal towpath in Fairport. Without the crowds, I wondered if it would be hard to push myself.

I finished with a time of 32:10, which was 42 seconds faster than my effort last year, and my fastest average pace for a race ever (7:19/mile; 4:32/km)!

Hopefully next year on Thanksgiving morning I can return in-person with thousands of other runners to experience the 50th Webster Turkey Trot!


Webster Turkey Trot Four-Four, 2019

This Thanksgiving I started the day the same way I did last year, joining thousands of other runners in the Webster Turkey Trot.

It was warmer than last year. But, let’s face it — 35°F is still cold. And there was no heated tent to wait in beforehand this year.

Once the race started, though, I didn’t feel the cold at all. By the end of the race I had removed my hat, mittens socks, and neck warmer. My neck warmer was offered as a sacrifice to the running gods, as it slipped out of my pocket at some point.

I finished with a chip time of 32:52 in the Four-Four, which put me at:

  • 285 of 3435 overall
  • 14 of 144 in Male 40 to 44 age group

That is 1:20 faster than last year!


Webster Turkey Trot Four-Four, 2018

This Thanksgiving morning, my daughter and I joined over 3,000 other runners in the Webster Turkey Trot, which is in its 47 year! It was our first year doing this — I ran the Four-Four (4.4 miles) and Ani ran the Two-Five (2.5 miles).

It was 18°F (the coldest Webster Turkey Trot and Thanksgiving ever here), but it honestly didn’t feel too bad. The heated tent that we were able to wait in beforehand and our many levels of gear helped for sure!

I finished with a time of 34:52 in the Four-Four, which put me at:

  • 321 of 1546 overall
  • 23 of 67 in male 40 to 44 age group, and
  • 231 of 789 amongst all males

I’ll take that performance!

Ani had her best pace yet. 🎉

Next up for me is the Reindeer Run 5K in mid December!