Published November 27th, 2007
I’ve been dying to do this race for several years. Started in the early 30s, the Whistler International Turkey Trot has grown to more than 25,000 participants. As with the New York Marathon, they receive far more entries than they can handle (more than 55,000 this year alone), so they instituted a lottery system about five years ago.
Although I really wanted to run the race last year, since I was running the Seattle half marathon three days later, I decided to hold off. Good thing too, considering the amount of snow that got dumped on the village (I wasn’t looking forward to running in snow boots). But I was thrilled to see my name chosen this year; must be first-timer’s luck!
While most turkey trots are 5Ks, the Whistler Turkey Trot is 5 miles (I think it has something to do with the exchange rate). Fine with me — it meant I could justify one more slice of pie. The race starts at the end of our condo’s driveway (score!), and heads down Blackcomb Way to the entrance of Lost Lake Park. At first it seemed race organizers lost Lost Lake — we backtracked several times and had to loop around a parking lot — but finally we got on the trail that winds along the lake.
It was a glorious sunny, crisp day. The run was very quiet and serene (well, as quiet and serene as can be given there were 24,999 other runners) with gently rolling hills. Although I wore my Garmin I decided not to monitor my pace; I just let my body decide how fast it wanted to go. I crossed the finish line, feeling like I had put in a terrific effort. I glanced at Garmin to see I finished in 47 minutes, 58 seconds. Not my fastest, certainly, but I’ll live with it!
As I made it toward the refreshment tables I was thrilled to see a meat, cheese and vegetable platter waiting for me, along with an ice cold beer. I had been pretty hungry going into the race, and this was just the sustenance I needed.
The race results were posted within an hour; as I was scanning the names I was shocked to see I not only came in first in my age group, I came in FIRST OVERALL! I couldn’t believe it! Talk about beginner’s luck! Truly a race for the history books.
What’s that? You’ve never HEARD of the Whistler International Turkey Trot? Well, I can assure you it’s quite popular. Hmmm? When you click on the race link you don’t get anything? Well, it’s not MY problem your computer is broken. Huh? Why would Canada hold a turkey trot when Thanksgiving is an American holiday? How am I supposed to know? Must be because of all the American tourists. Excuse me? You don’t think Whistler could handle 25,000 people at once? Goes to show how much you DON’T know. Haven’t you heard the 2010 Olympics are going to be there? They’ll get WAY more than 25,000 people then, mister/miss smarty pants.
WHAT? You think I’m just making the whole thing up? You think because I had such a lousy skiing experience I’m just trying to boost my ego by claiming I won the race when in actuality I was the ONLY person running? I can’t believe you’d say such a thing. You’re just mean. I’m going to take my blog and go home.