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Trotting for Turkey

Written by Amy Miller O'Toole on . Posted in Outdoor Rec and Nature

Amy (in yellow) prepares for Stowe Turkey Trot.

My New Year’s resolution last year was to run a race every month. So far I have been pretty successful. The only month I skipped was March, due to marathon training. There were no races that month that fit the training, and in my mind a race finishes at the finish line.

Getting toward the end of the year, I had signed up for the Santa 5K in Burlington in December, so now I just needed to pick a turkey trot for November.

I was perusing turkey trots and was getting less and less motivated to run one. The thought of getting up at 6 a.m. to leave the house by 6:30 on Thanksgiving was becoming very unappetizing. Sometimes a race turns into such a production. You have to make sure to get a good night’s sleep, get up early and eat something easy on the stomach. Then, I usually have to drive an hour to get to a race.

I had wanted to join the Skirack and RunVermont for their World Run Day 5K, but my mother-in-law has been very sick at Fletcher Allen for the past few weeks and we have been traveling a lot to Burlington lately, so I didn’t want to add another drive Burlington.

Hmm, what to do?

Wait, I thought, doesn’t Stowe host a turkey trot? Oh Google, help a girl out. Yes, I discovered, there was a race at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, and it was only a 15-minute drive from my house. Yes! The race cost $10 plus a donation to the Lamoille Community Food Share. I picked up some canned goods at Hannafords, and I showed up to the 5K and signed up. No race numbers at this race, it was truly a fun run. The course was a point-to-point from the Stowe Cinema to Stowe High School. A super cool component is that the majority of the race is on the rec path.

The crowd was comprised of mainly locals, and the winning time was 18 minutes. There was no clock at the end, but my time was right where I normally am for an uphill 5K. I think I came in 15th overall. After the race, there was a raffle. The table was loaded with prizes, including frozen turkeys. (I was definitely winning something, everybody was going to win.) I asked my husband if he wanted the turkey and he did. Finally, my name was drawn and I won the last turkey! We have already ordered a fresh local turkey for Thanksgiving from Green Top Market in Morrisville. So this one is in our freezer.

Winner, winner, turkey dinner!

We made the most of our visit to Stowe. On our way out of town, we stopped by Stowe Kitchen, Bath & Linens and I picked up the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Local First Vermont coupon book. I saved $10 at the kitchen store, $5 at Stowe Seafood, and have since used coupons at Lake Champlain Chocolates and the Farmhouse Grill. There are a handful of other restaurants I am looking forward to trying too.

Another fabulous thing happened this weekend too. I was really bummed to miss the World Run Day 5K, and then they had to post pictures of the post-race food: Myer’s Bagels. These bagels looked so good, so I found the bakery and drove there Sunday. I picked out a baker’s dozen and some cream cheese. I handed the cashier my debit card, only to be denied. They don’t take plastic. Argh. Where’s the nearest ATM, I asked? She replied, don’t worry about it, next time you come in just bring an extra $13. I was astonished, and I will be back! Myer’s Montreal Bagels are worth the drive to Burlington.

Well, see you at RiRa’s Santa 5K Run on Dec. 2. I’ll be the one in the Santa Suit!

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