Giving thanks through running

Running outside in the winter is not my favorite activity.
In fact, as much as I hate the treadmill, I prefer running in the gym to navigating frozen roads or trails.
But three years ago my colleague Jody Genessy invited me to run a 5K in South Jordan. I liked the idea of exercising before stuffing my face, so my sister and I got up early and went and ran with Jody that rainy, cold Thanksgiving.
The satisfaction of finishing the 5K stayed with me all day.
Last year we recruited even more family members and ran the Human Race 5K in Draper. I loved the idea that it benefited the Food Bank, but I hated the crowd. While I enjoyed the costumes and positive energy, I don’t like running in a sea of people.
So this year, I’m headed with a few more recruits – my sister, her fianc and both my daughters – to Farmington. We’re going to support one of our favorite businesses, Wasatch Running Center, by participating in the Turkey Leg.
I live in Taylorsville and will drive past a couple of other attractive races to run in the second annual 5K organized by the WRC staff because they promise every youngster who runs the 1K a prize.
We’ll take our food as their collecting for the food bank (as most Thanksgiving Day 5K races do), and most importantly, we’ll get our day together off to a fantastic start. All of the holiday races offer race day registration, but I suggest dressing warm and going early. AND DON’T FORGET CANNED GOODS TO DONATE!
I love that this is becoming an annual tradition for us. I love that so many races, lengths and courses are available to us. And HUGE HOLIDAY PROPS to race directors of these events for collecting cans and in some cases donating part of the proceeds to the Utah Food Bank.
For a list of the holiday runs check out www.utahrunning.com
As for the Turkey Leg, it starts at 9 a.m., with the kids 1K at 10 a.m. It is at Heritage Park, 1591 N. 1075 West (just off Highway 89) in Farmington. It’s $15 for kids and $25 for adults.
It will be a wonderful world when the most pressing issues for everyone, everywhere is simply which race they want to run before dinner.
Happy Thanksgiving! And, as always, Happy Running!

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