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What I Am Thankful For + November Race Round-Up

Happy November, Everyone! This time last year I was putting the final touches on my marathon training as I was preparing to run the Richmond Marathon with my crew. Little did we know that the marathon would be so amazing and we would be running the entire race with Bart Yasso. I must say that race still seems surreal to me- even almost a year later.

Since November is always a month we reflect on what we are thankful for I will start out by saying how thankful I am that I found running. It has not only helped me find and foster some of the best friendships I have ever had, but it also has helped me be a better person. It has given me the avenue to meet lots of new people, make lots of new friends and it provides me with an opportunity to be inspired and encouraged each and every day by the entire running community. I love how running can be whatever is that you want to make it: hard, easy, with others, alone or an opportunity to encourage others. Not only an I thankful for running itself, but I am thankful that my family supports me in my running journey. It is awesome to either have them with me in the stroller or next to me, or at home hanging out until I return from my run. I hope that as the years pass by running remains an activity we can all do together.

So to those of you that have run with me, inspired me or encouraged me- thank you as well. I hope that you all have found as much joy and accomplishment in your running as well- if you haven’t, do not forget to enjoy it and have some fun.

Now onto the Race Round-Up. It is no surprise that in a recent Runner’s World article the Turkey Trot has taken over as the most popular racing day in the country (article can be found here). I think that it is great that a day that is based around eating is now paired with running! Our little family usually participates in a 2-mile turkey trot that we walk with neighbors and friends. Along with the Turkey-themed races this month there are other events going on. Check out the November line up of races:

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Saturday, November 4th:

Be Great 5k Run/Walk: Buffalo Wild Wings- Dover, DE. This race is one I have participated in the past few years but will miss this year. The event starts and ends at Buffalo Wild Wings and has plenty to do if you bring your kids along. They also have a kiddie k that takes place right before the 5k. The course itself runs along the St. Jones –Isaac Branch Trail. Beware of the “hills” along the way 🙂 To sign up visit: http://www.trisportsevents.com/index.cfm?ref=50200&ref2=80

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2016 Be Great 5k- Part of the trail

3rd Annual Henlopen Conference Alumni 5k Run/Walk: Killen’s Pond State Park- Felton, DE. The race will start at 12 Noon with the award ceremony starting at 1:15. Registration will open at 11. To learn more visit: https://www.seashorestriders.com/race-schedule/3rd-annual-henlopen-conference-alumni-5k-runwalk

Saturday, November 11th:

Storm Warriors Boardwalk 5k Run/Walk: Boardwalk- Ocean City, MD. This ocean front, boardwalk race starts at 9AM and benefits the Ocean City Life Saving Museum. Come run the boards and sign up here: http://octrirunning.com/ocean-city-md-running-event/storm-warriors-boardwalk-runwalk/

Sunday, November 12th:

Ryan’s High Five 5k Run/Walk: Magnolia Fire Department- Magnolia, DE. To learn more or register visit: http://www.trisportsevents.com/index.cfm?ref=50200&ref2=121

Saturday, November 18th:

Run the Boards Like Rob 5k: Dough Roller (near inlet on the boardwalk) Ocean City, MD. Join in for the 5k to help raise funds and remember the life of Rob! Sign up by visiting: https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/OceanCity/RunTheBoardsLikeRob

United Way 5k: Stephen Decatur Middle School-Berlin, MD. To learn more or register visit: http://octrirunning.com/ocean-city-md-running-event/united-way-5k/

Gobble Wobble 5k: Lake Forest North Elementary School- Felton, DE.  To learn more or register visit: http://www.trisportsevents.com/index.cfm?ref=50200&ref2=118

Girls on the Run 5k– Dover Speedway: Dover, DE. Put on your pink and come out and enjoy/support the Delware Girls on the Run! To register or learn more about Girls on the Run visit: www.gotrde.org

November 17th-19th:

2nd Annual Dashing Through the Show 5k Run/Walk. This event has been expanded to take place through the weekend. Visit here to learn about the event!

Sunday, November 19th: 

Pumpkin Run Free 5k Fun Run: TriCycle & Run- St. Michaels, MD. Check out this free 5k- all they ask if for a donation. Learn more here: https://tricycleandrun.com/2017/10/31/pumpkin-run-free-5k-fun-run/

THANKSGIVING DAY TURKEY TROTS:

Fenwick Island Turkey Trot: Lewes Street in Fenwick Island. More info: http://business.bethany-fenwick.org/events/details/10th-annual-fenwick-island-turkey-trot-9139

Y Turkey Trot Charity 5k: Henson Family YMCA in Salisbury, MD. Registration Link: https://www.classy.org/event/2017-y-turkey-trot-charity-5k/e143226

Turkey Trek 5k: Pemberton Historical Park in Salisbury, MD. Registration Link: https://www.pembertonpark.org/pemberton-park/events/annual-turkey-trek

4th Annual Turkey Trot 5k: Body & Soul Fitness in Seaford, DE. Registration Link: http://www.trisportsevents.com/index.cfm?ref=50200&ref2=97

Gabby Gobble: Irish Eyes in Lewes, DE. Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gabby-gobble-5k-runwalk-tickets-36631529892

Saturday, November 25th:

Huffin’ for Pumpkin Pie 5k: Grove Park- Rehoboth Beach, DE. Come out and race for that Pumpkin Pie! This is still my 5k PR race- I guess all I needed was that pie as motivation! To register visit: https://www.seashorestriders.com/race-schedule/8th-huffin-pumpkin-pie-5k-1m-walk

Greene Turtle West Turkey Trot 5k– West Ocean City. Run off that Turkey dinner by taking part in the 5k. Learn more or register at: http://octrirunning.com/ocean-city-md-running-event/greene-turtle-west-turkey-trot-5k-runwalk/

Redneck Romp 10-Miler & 5k: Powell Memorial Park-Wachapreague, VA. Check out the flouder capital of the world and run this one of a kind race. To learn more or register visit: http://redneckromp.net/

Reindeer Stampede 5k Run/Walk-Milford Millponds Nature Preserve, Milford, DE. This race benefits the Milford Cross Country Team! Come check it out. Register or learn more here: http://www.trisportsevents.com/index.cfm?ref=50200&ref2=130

Sunday, November 26th:

Sea Colony Turkey Trot 5k: Freeman Fitness Center- Bethany Beach, DE. To learn more or register visit: https://www.seashorestriders.com/race-schedule/15th-sea-colony-turkey-trot-5k

Cards to Beat Cancer 5k: Wild Quail Country Club- Camden Wyoming, DE. To learn more or register visit: http://www.races2run.com/events/cards-to-beat-cancer-5k/

With all these races coming up I am sure you can find one to fit into your schedule. While you are out there running or racing do not forget to stop and think about what you are thankful for this year. 

If I missed any races PLEASE, PLEASE leave a link in the comments below! Also do not forget to review your race on www.raceadvisors.com !! Happy Miles!

Race Discounts to remember:

St. Michaels Running Festival- Half Marathon: AMBSTEW saves $10.00 off the flat and fast half marathon! May 19th. www.runstm.com

Any ZOOMA race or virtual event: KRISTEN2017 saves 10%. www.zoomarun.com

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One thought on “What I Am Thankful For + November Race Round-Up

  1. Hi Ms. Jones. I enjoy reading your race reports and race round-ups. Sounds like a great reflection on what you are thankful for as well as an impressive list of races on the Delmarva Peninsula. If you or any of your readers are interested in a coupla 5Ks later this month towards the southern end of Delmarva, they might like these:

    11/18/17 – 9 AM – 2nd Annual Gobble Wobble 5K Fun Run at Great Hope Golf Course in Westover, MD – Somerset County Recreation and Parks is putting this on. I’ve never run it, nor have I been to this particular venue, but I know the few races I have done on golf courses, that golf course races are pretty neat and scenic, and I’m sure this one’s no exception. Here’s a link: http://www.somersetrecandparks.org/store/p77/Gobble_Wobble_Fun_Run_%26_Walk_2017.html

    11/18/17 – 9 AM – Annual Turkey Trot Fun Run (possibly ~2.5 miles) at the Former Riverside Shore Cancer Center in Nassawadox, Virginia – From what I’ve heard word-of-mouth, the Northampton County Parks and Recreation Department has been putting this race on for quite some years on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I’ve yet to run this one, and I’ve heard it’s around 2.5 miles long. Here’s a link to something I found on the Facebook page for Northampton County Parks and Recreation: https://www.facebook.com/NorthamptonCountyParksAndRecreation/photos/a.498459153554410.1073741826.402966386437021/1612978485435799/?type=3&theater

    * As a side-note, the Northampton County Parks and Recreation Department has been hosting the Pete Rowe Memorial Fun Run for the better part of 40 years around the 4th of July in Nassawadox, VA. This is a point-to-point race of ~2.5 miles that starts in the Brownsville Preserve, and ends near the more central part of Nassawadox near Highway 13. I ran this one Summer several years ago and enjoyed the race. The course and distance were pretty neat (though bring bug spray for the first 1+ in the Brownsville Preserve area). If this Turkey Trot is anything like the Pete Rowe Memorial Fun Run, then I’m sure it’ll be a terrific event. Looking at a map, it looks like the Turkey Trot takes place on the west side of Route 13, while the Pete Rowe Memorial Fun Run take place on the east side, so I know that they’re not the same courses.

    P.S. That’s cool you said something about the Fenwick Island Turkey Trot; thank you for reminding us about it. The distance for that event seems real unique. I gotta give that one a whirl one of these years.

    Take care and have fun!

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