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Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run 10K/5K and Little Turkeys Race

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November 23, 2017 (Thursday)
10 K, 5 K, Other
Point Pinole Regional Park
Pinole, California
Click to go to the web site for the Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run 10K/5K and Little Turkeys Race in Pinole, California

Running on Thanksgiving Morning: The New American Tradition!

Important: This race sold out nearly a month in advance in 2014. We recommend signing up early to avoid getting shut out!

There will be a 5K and 10K, as well as the Little Turkeys Race: a run for the kids (roughly 100 yards) against the Nitro Turkey. Children (10 and under) attending with 5K/10K runners will receive free entry into Little Turkeys and receive special medals and a goodie bag.

Nitro Turkey is also hosting a food drive for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano and encourages every little turkey to bring at least one canned good on race morning.

Thanksgiving-themed costumes (for children and adults) are highly encouraged! Walkers welcome!

About Nitro Turkey and the Little Turkeys Race

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline is home to more than 100 bird species, but none is more elusive than the fabled Nitro Turkey. A remnant from the park's history as a dynamite production facility, the Nitro Turkey (Gobblus nitrum) was once found in abundance along the park's trail.

Now appearing only on Thanksgiving Day, Nitro Turkey is always eager to promote healthy runs on the trails and to test his own running skills against other "little turkeys"! Sadly, Nitro Turkey's sensitive feet and lack of shoes (it's hard to find size 33 extra wides) have thus far blocked his dreams of victory over the little turkeys. But hope springs eternal in the turkey breast, and he is hoping that this will be his year!

The "Little Turkeys Race" will begin at 8:45.
About the 5K and 10K

The 5K and 10K will begin at 9:00. Both are loop courses. The 5K is entirely on fire trails. The 10K has one small section (approximately 1/2 mile) on a paved asphalt trail. Both courses offer mild trails with just a few small hills. Both also have spectacular views of the bay. On a clear day you can see up to 5 bridges and 6 counties!

For children waiting for family and friends to finish, there is a playground beside the start/finish area. Nitro Turkey has promised to share with the children.

Course Description
Both the 10K and 5K are loop courses primarily run on fire trails and include sections of easy rolling hills and flats.

Both courses are included within the park -- there is no street running or street crossing. Total elevation gain for the 5K is about 200 feet and about 250 for the 10K.

Timing / Results
http://brazenracing.com/nitroturkeyresults.html

All races will be professionally chip timed.

Post Race Activities
Plenty of food, pumpkin pie, and It's-It ice cream at the finish area!
 
 

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