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The weather doesn’t get much better for running in November in Erie than what we had for the ERC’s annual Turkey Trot this morning. It was cold, but the roads were ice and snow free and there was no wind at all.
Hope everyone had fun!
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For the ladies (or long-haired guys): Easy mid-length hairstyles (though…none…none…will beat my friend Heather D.’s indestructible ‘do. Her hair looks exactly the same at the start and finish of every marathon/race).
Also for the ladies (or maybe some guys…not judging :-)) — turns out some runners really should wear heels. Maybe this is why my one & only battle with the dreaded plantar fasciitis ended so quickly — I almost always wear a low heel.
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Um…hello….it’s a Turkey Trot shirt with a “Hungry Games” theme and 12 colors representing the 12 districts (and tie-dye for the Capitol , i.e. volunteers & race officials). That’s just cool. Props to Dave Comi, ERC president, for the concept and Creative Imprint Systems, for the the artwork & silkscreening.
A few FAQs regarding Thursdays ERC Turkey Trot
1. What time does it start?
5K Run & Walk – 8:30 a.m.
10K Run/walk – 9:40 a.m. (estimated)
NOTE: The 5K has until 9:40 to finish. At 9:40, organizers will start the
2. Where does it start?
Beach 1, Presque Isle State Park
3. What time should we be there?
If you’ve picked up your chip (you can still do so TONIGHT at the BelAire
Hotel from 4-8),you should plan to be there by 8 a.m. for the 5K and 8:45
for the 10K. If you haven’t picked up your chip, leave a 1/2 hour
4. Where should I park?
Beach No. 1, if you arrive early enough. When the Beach No. 1 parking lot
is full, there will be “lot full” signs and you’ll need to park at one of
the shuttle bus parking spots. There will be shuttles from Rainbow
Gardens, the Tom Ridge Center, Beach 6 and the West Erie Plaza. Be aware
that you should only park in legal parking areas only to avoid ticketing.
Do NOT park on the side of the road.
5. Where should I not park?
Do NOT park alongside the road, even if you’re “all the way off” the
road. The inbound lanes need to be kept free of parked cars because of
the change to a two-way traffic pattern, and the outbound lanes need to
be kept clear of parked cars so the runners have as wide a course as
possible on the closed roadway. Rangers will be there and they have
ticketed in the past.
6. Are there shuttle buses again this year?
Yes, there are shuttle buses that will be running to Beach No. 1 from
Rainbow Gardens (Waldameer), the Tom Ridge Center, Beach no. 6 AND the
West Erie Plaza.
7. Does my chip have to be on my shoe?
Yes. Lace it into your shoelaces. It must be low to the ground for it to
register, so do not carry it in your pocket or wear it any higher than
your shoe or your time will not register.
8. Is there a start mat?
Yes. Runners and walkers have 15 minutes to get
across the start mat. The start mat is on the main road (not the old Lake
Road). You’ll access it at the northernmost lot entrance to beach 1 lot.
The start is about 30 yards north of that entrance. You will be gathered
in the parking lot at Beach No. 1…when the horn blows, you’ll pour onto
the road & go).
9. So we’re not lining up on the road?
Some will, but there is not room for all the race participant to line up on the road,
so you’ll be spilling over into the parking lot. When the horn blows, you’ll pour
onto the road. The start mat is 30 yards north…so you have time to get in position.
10. What’s a start mat?
A start mat allows everyone to have a more
accurate time. Your chip starts/beeps when you cross the start mat. At
that point, your race has started. Without a start mat, your time might
be skewed if you were, say, stuck way in the back of the pack. A start
mat allows for everyone’s time to start when they actually cross the
11. Are there water stops on the course?
No, please plan accordingly. There will be water at the finish line. And,
of course, full refreshments at the post-race party location at Rainbow
Gardens at Waldameer.
12. Can I still pick up my packet?
Yes…pick it up at the BelAire on TODAY (Tues., Nov. 25 from 4-8 p.m.). or
on race day morning at Beach no. 1.
13. Can I pick up packets for other people?
Please do, but make sure you tell them that you are picking it up. If
you’re picking up for a lot of people, please do the volunteers a favor &
write the names done on a list you can hand to them. Also, to save the
volunteers time looking for packets that don’t exist, make sure the
people you are picking up are actually registered and that they haven’t
already picked it up themselves.
14. Can I pick up my packet on Wednesday?
Nope. See you Thursday morning.
15. Is the race sold out?
No, not yet.
16. Can I just run with my friends without paying?
No. It’s just not right. And we will judge you.
17. Are there going to be turkey feathers on the course for doorprizes
No feathers, but be on the alert for “tridents” and “hatchets”, if you
see one pick it up and bring it to rainbow gardens for a prize.
18. Are there restrooms?
Porta potties only at the race site. Plan accordingly.
19. Can I pay with my credit card?
No. Cash or check only — that goes for registration and any ERC
merchandise (including leftover shirts/sweatpants) that will be sold
20. My shirt is too big/too small, can I exchange it?
After the race, you may bring your shirt to Rainbow Gardens (where the
after party is) to see what is leftover. You may exchange your shirt for
a different size (if available) at that time.
21. I got a sweatshirt, but I really wanted a long-sleeve t-shirt, too.
Can I buy one?
Any leftover race shirts will be for sale at Rainbow Gardens after the
race. Bring cash…the club does not take credit cards.
22. Where’s the party after the run?
Rainbow Gardens. There will be a DJ, awards/results, food, coffee, etc.
23. Can I switch races?
Yes, but you must tell them at packet pickup on TODAY (4-8 at the Bel
Aire), or go to the registration table the morning of the race and tell
them you want to change divisions.
24. How many are running?
Right now, I believe there are 4,000 registered for one of the three
25. If I registered for the 5K can I run and walk?
Yes. There is no longer a judged walk.
26. Are there awards & when will they be distributed?
There are awards three-deep in 5-year age groups and also in weight
classes (Clydesdales & Athenas) and also top three overall and top
masters in the 10K and 5K. Awards will be distributed at Rainbow Gardens,
about 1/2 hour after the race finishes.
27. What’s the theme this year?
There is a “Hungry Games” theme (a play on “The Hunger Games”) and just
like in the books and movies there are different districts all with a
different color. The colors will come out in district order and when that
color is gone we will go to the next color. Please do not ask volunteers
to look for different colors in your size. However, you are free to trade
with others and look at the extra “for sale” shirts to trade.
Any questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
or 814-881-0060. Do not call the Bel-Aire concerning the packet pickup —
they are kind enough to let us use their facility, but they have nothing
to do with the race.
The ERC’s Turkey Trot early packet pickup party is Monday and Tuesday at the Bel Aire Hotel (2800 W. 8th St.) from 4-8 p.m. both nights. Please note — these are the only times/days you can pick up your packet before race day. The BelAire will not be able to hand out packets–they are simply the venue the club is renting for the packet pickup party. If you can’t pick up your packet on Monday or Tuesday, you’ll have to do it on race day morning.
Here are all the details.
WHERE: Bel-Aire Hotel and Conference Center, 2800 West 8th St.
DAY/HOURS: Monday, Nov. 24 and Tues., Nov. 25 from 4-8 p.m.
ABOUT THE EVENT: There will a party this year at packet pick-up. Mini expo, snacks and refreshments. Party will benefit the Erie County Diabetes Foundation (ECDA).
QUESTIONS: email@example.com or 814-881-0060.
There is a “Hungry Games” theme (a play on “The Hunger Games”) and just like in the books and movies there are different districts all with a different color. The colors will come out in district order and when that color is gone we will go to the next color. Please do not ask volunteers to look for different colors. However, you are free to trade with others and look at the extra for sale shirts to trade.
Online registration is now CLOSED and don’t bother mailing them either…they will NOT get there in time. The only option now is to register at the packet pickup party….if there are still spots left.
You are allowed to pick up packets for friends. As someone who routinely helps at packet pickup (I’ll be there Tuesday evening), here are a few tips if you are doing that:
1. Write all the names down on a piece of paper that you can hand to the person working registration.
2. Make SURE the people you are picking up for know you’re picking up for them. (Lots of people show up and find that they have no packet because a friend picked it up for them).
3. Make sure the people you think are registered are actually registered. (We spend a lot of time looking for people who never followed through & registered).
You can pick up your packet on Thursday morning before the race beginning at 7 a.m.
No shirts will be mailed and will be forfeited at the start of the 10K on Thursday.
The race is not sold out yet and if and when it does sell out you will see it on the Facebook page and our website. If you know anyone who wants to sign up they can do so at the Bel-Aire during pickup There are limited premiums for sale.
There will be parking at beach 1. When it is full, there will be “lot full” signs and you’ll need to park at one of the shuttle bus parking spots. There will be shuttles from Rainbow Gardens, the Tom Ridge Center , Beach 6 and the West Erie Plaza. Be aware that you should only park in legal parking areas only to avoid ticketing. Do NOT park on the side of the road.
If you pick up early your packet early, you can tie the timing chip into your shoelaces and you are set to go on race day. You must bring the timing chip and it must be near the ground for it to register (don’t carry it in your pocket ….tie it to your shoelaces). There will be a party with a DJ at rainbow gardens after the races, you can pick up your awards there. Be on the alert for “tridents” and “hatchets”, if you see one pick it up and bring it to rainbow gardens for a prize.
The Erie Runners Club posted this note to the club’s Facebook page:
There are now over 3,000 signed up for the ERC Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. The theme is the “Hungry Games” and the artwork for the shirt is below. The registration page is still open online but the mail in deadline has passed. The shirt order will go to Creative imprint on Tuesday morning. The shirt options will disappear online when the quantity for the size is sold out. There will be 12 shirt colors, one for each “hungry games” district. The art department at Creative and the race director have created another really fun shirt this year. If you want to order a race shirt in the correct size please register before the cutoff to avoid disappointment.
The Erie Runners Club president and Turkey Trot race director, Dave Comi, always comes up with a cute theme for the artwork on the Turkey Trot race premiums (sweatshirts or long-sleeve cotton t-shirt).
This years theme is….drumroll….The Hungry Games. (A take on the Hunger Games, of course).
Color of the shirts? Well…that depends on when you pick up. Here’s the scoop:
12 colors. One for each district. Color is based on when you pick up. Cotton t and usual sweatshirt
If you’re registered for the St. Patrick’s Day distance festival race on March 15 and you want to pick up your packet and timing chip early, you can do so on Friday, March 14 at the Beach No. 1 pavilion from 1 to 7 p.m.
Note, though, that the race is at the Rotary Pavilion on Saturday. There will be no parking near the Rotary on race day — park at the cabins, Beach 6, Beach 8 or the cookhouse.
Try the trails?
If you’re not doing the ERC St. Patrick’s Day race and you want to try trail running, Mike and Jan Vieyra are inviting you to join them and other ERC runners for a training run on a 5-mile loop over the river and through the woods– Asbury Woods, that is. Meet at the picnic shelter (behind the Asbury barn, across the street from the Nature Center) at 7:30 a.m. Several folks are planning on running multiple loops at various paces.
ERC President & Turkey Trot race director, Dave Comi, is dangling a carrot to encourage attendance at the summer membership meetings. He’s offering a discount on Turkey Trot registration to every member at the May 12 meeting (place to be announced, but it is often at the Asbury barn). You can sign up for just $17, which includes the sweatshirt.
Membership meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month. In the summer, they’re held outdoors at local picnic shelters. The club provides hot dogs and soda, members often bring something to share (chips, cookies, fruit, etc.), but you don’t have to. Families welcome.
The post-race festivities for the Presque Isle Half Marathon will not require a drive up to Waldameer this year. The picnic and awards ceremony will be right at Beach No. 1 in the new ERC shelter. Race directors are encouraging you to bring your outdoor chairs and beach gear and spend the day relaxing…after you run around the peninsula, of course. The premium this year is a beach towel. Perfect!
Well, we’ve certainly had better weather for the ERC Turkey Trot. (But, then, we’ve also had MUCH worse). The course was quite icy, particularly the 10K….so it looked from the car when we left the5K and went to the party.
Dan & I were signed up to do both races and planned to run the 5K with the girls and the 10K ourselves, but it was just too cold to make the kids wait in the car and I got too chilled in between. We headed up to the party and drank more than our share of coffee & hot chocolate. Unlike us …65 runners didn’t wimp out and did both the 5K & the 10K.
There were a total of 3019 in the 5K and another 600 in the 10K.
Complete results here.
Photos (228 in total) from the GoErie Street View here.