I wanted to blog about a topic, and went to the site of that Turkey Trot I did at Thanksgiving because I was going to post an image of the course map to illustrate a point. Alas, the map is gone, but I found a few photos and swiped a couple
The start. Find Abby, win a prize.
This is a fun event because (1) it's Thanksgiving, (2) attendance is always big, (3) competition is pretty fierce, (4) it's a nice course, and (5) it's for a good cause. Did I leave anything out?
One thing that makes the course fun is that, at the halfway point, the course makes a sharp U-turn so that runners backtrack for about a third of a mile from where they just came. There are racers going in both directions. It's a chance for some of the more average runners to get a glimpse of the leaders as they go blasting past. (note: I was the only one in my pack who gave a *woot* to the leaders as they went passed in the opposite direction. Sore loser poopers.)
The turnaround is clearly marked with bright orange pylons and a water table, and it's a somewhat crazy funneling of bodies to make that 180 turn. Except there was this guy... this one guy... He jumped the gap well before the official turnaround. Literally cutting the corner. What's up with that?
There was sort of a collective groan around me as he did it. He was a "grownup". Cheating? It's just a freaking Turkey Trot for cripes sake!
I don't understand cheaters. So the guy shaved some seconds off his time with that move. In a race with so many attendees, I'm sure it did make a difference in his standing, at least within his age division. But how satisfying could that be? He knew he cut the corner.
I mentioned that Magnum and I are doing the pedometer challenge thing for a chance to win prizes. The last pedometer challenge awarded prizes to top performers. There were a few who highly likely cheated. Their step counts calculated to around 30 miles a day. Every. Day. Never mind that they had full-time desk jobs.
That's probably why this latest challenge just sets a threshold, then does a random drawing among all who make it in.
Oh well, I suppose there will always be cheaters. I prefer dignity and sleeping at night.
Oh, and that kid that fell early in the race? The one I heroically saved from being trampled?? He beat me! Here he is - #2890 - crossing the finish, none the worse for wear. Once again, find Abby and win a prize.