The Thanksgiving Day 5K is one of the Winchester area’s most popular races. Along with many of the other 5Ks across the country, people come out to run, have fun, and feel good before indulging in bountiful Thanksgiving Day feasts. With the starting line at Sherando High School in Stephens City, VA, the course runs around the school track, out across the parking lot and back along several trails that are part of the adjacent Sherando Park.
Caitlin and I signed up to do the race weeks ahead of time and we showed up ready to go with our race shirts and racing bibs. Since we had never raced this course before we planned to run the race for fun and not for time. Our plan was to go a quick comfortable pace set by Caitlin and really enjoy the race atmosphere. After warming up around the track and shaking off a pre-race bump (Caitlin smacked her ankle on the bleacher seats while doing leg swings), we were off and running with the rest of the crowd.
We really enjoyed the race course. It was roughly half pavement and half nature trail with a few slight moderate hills throughout. For the nature part of the course it winds down and up the nature trail into and out of the forest and keeps you on your toes…which in turn made it fun. Caitlin felt great the whole race and as we neared the track to finish we crossed the finish line with a time around 32:30.
The reason we were not sure of our time is that I made a stupid mistake. When I picked up our race bibs the day before I assumed the timing chip was part of the race bib. What I didn’t realize is that you had to pick up a timing chip the morning of the race to tie to your shoe. So thanks to Daddy (Aaron), we ran the race without an official record or time. You better believe that will never happen again!