Our Towne Bethlehem Turkey Trot 5K Race Report

November 28

November 28

This is the 2nd year that I have run this race. I did it 2 years ago and enjoyed it.  There are several turkey trots in the area with the big one (10,000 runners) being in Troy. Most of the elites run that one. But the best thing about this race is that it is so close to home and it is flat.

delmar tt 12

photo from the start in 2012 – bibs are just printed on the shirt…no timing

Last year, they changed the race to be informal in that there are no chips or bibs and only prizes for the winners of the race (No AG awards or any timing.) I didn’t realize that when I signed up and the competitive me was a little disappointed.

tt route

My last 3 races have been two 10Ks and a 15K.  It has been awhile since I have run a 5K race (like Oct 5) .  I wasn’t sure that I would remember how to run fast.  I definitely was not expecting the 27:xx that I ran this course 2 years ago but I was hoping for something around 30 minutes.

Unfortunately it was VERY COLD and WINDY (8 degrees with the windchill) and I am a weather wimp.  I wanted to wear a skirt and compression socks but probably not too smart when the temps are in the teens. So I put on my tights under my skirt and bundled up as much as I could.


This was the short-sleeved cotton tee shirt which I didn’t wear, of course. I picked it up last night during the fireworks display on my way hone from yoga.

I got to the race early and got a great parking spot. But I had a long wait.


Eventually it got very crowded – about 2000 runners. I waited inside until the the very last minute. I was even cold waiting inside. I never found my friend MaryPat who called me but I didn’t hear the phone.


you can see my head to the right in this pic

With no timing, there was no pressure.  Just run and get it done. And that’s what I did.  I just started my Garmin and stopped it at the finish line.

I won’t lie, it was cold but the wind died down a bit and the sun was shinning.  My face and hands were cold but the rest of me was fine. I am glad I didn’t add on as many layers as others.

I had done NO speed work and I felt it.  I was dying by mile 2 but I willed myself to continue and not walk at all.

So although it is not official, I finished at 29:38.

(My Positive) Splits:

mile 1 – 9:28
mile 2 – 9:38
mile 3 – 9:48
.1 –          8:32

Afterward, I texted MaryPat and we met up inside for a donut and pic.


I think this is the first race that I have done without timing.  I am not sure if I will do it again.  When I pay for a race, I want to be timed. Otherwise, I can just run for fun for free. (That’s just me.)

But I do love starting Thanksgiving Day with a race.  And I am happy with my time. I finished under 30 minutes!! All my splits were under 10 minutes!!

There’s always room for improvement!! (On Saturday I have another 5K race and it is timed.)

To celebrate Thanksgiving, my hubby & I went out to the same restaurant as last year. (It has a great view of Lake George and a nice buffet.)

The food was good…not as good as home-cooked and no leftovers but it was relaxing not having to shop, cook and clean-up.


I had 2 plates like this plus 2 desserts!!!!!

What happens with a buffet is that you eat too much…and I did.

great view from the window while eating dinner

Afterwards, we drove up to Bolton Landing to our marina & the Sagamore… just needed to walk around a bit.  Then on the way home, we promised to stop by some boating friends’ house.


with the hubby and our friends Chris & Mike

Believe it or not, I turned down dessert there!

Hope you had a

Thanksgiving Hanukkah

Happy Running! Did you race today? Would you run a race that is not timed?

2 thoughts on “Our Towne Bethlehem Turkey Trot 5K Race Report

  1. A flat race near home is the best way to spend one day of sport despite the no time rule.
    Here the races are too competitive and the risk to be the last is high if we don’t run under the 5:00/km.
    Congrats for the good finishing time.


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