The Columbus Turkey Trot was held on Thanksgiving Day 2010 in Columbus on Lane Avenue. The rain managed to hold off and the turnout was a good one. This year’s race helped raise money for Easter Seals and other charities.
The Turkey Trot was great for helping others. The race was a benefit Easter Seals . Also participants were also encouraged to bring donations for the United Methodist Food Pantry and old running shoes for those less fortunate.
The 5-mile course was much different than last year. The race began on Lane Avenue and went through the campus of Ohio State then back onto Lane Avenue to the finish. Unfortunately, the start line was not clear so it was confusing when lining up.
The first mile of the race goes downhill. Once you turned toward the Ohio State campus, things began to get a little tight as the crowd made their way through the campus. Between mile two and three were the most difficult if you were running for time. There were many twists and turns with some being very sharp for the amount of people in the crowd. There was also a point where the course brought you over a bridge that was not designed for a crowd of people running as it bounced up and down as the crowd crossed it.
Once you made it through campus and back onto Lane Avenue, the course was a straight shot back to the finish line. There was no water station until after mile 3. By the time runners made it to the water station, they were all rushing the first table they saw. The final mile of the race was the most difficult as it was entirely on an incline. Once you got near the finish line, there was someone directing men and women to different lines in order to hand out tickets for the pumpkin pies.
The Turkey Trot had many participants this year and many of them walked away with pumpkin pies for their Thanksgiving dinner. The course was a little difficult as you made your way through the Ohio State campus due to the amount of runners and lack of space on the course. The last mile was on an incline that also made the course more challenging. Hopefully the weather will hold up as it did this year for another successful Turkey Trot next year.