2014 Pete Keyes Turkey Trot 5 Mile Run Race Report

The beautiful weather for the race!

The beautiful weather for the race!

So, With Thanksgiving arriving, the Annual Pete Keyes Turkey Trot comes along!   I’m not sure why I missed it the last couple of years, as my T-Shirt Collection says that I last did it in 2011, a date easily verified by checking here in my blog.  Just by comparing the pictures-  it seems there was a BIG difference in the weather!  in 2011, it was nice(ish), with blue skies.. This year, we had a wonderful snow storm the day before dropping 8-10 inches, with flurries continuing on throughout the entire thanksgiving day!

At some point in the last year or three, they changed it from an 8k (4.97097 miles) to a five-mile run.  Those additional .03 miles must have been brutal, as my time was more than a wee bit slower for my five-mile compared to the 8k 3 years ago.  I ran the 8k in 43:13,  while according to the results page, this years 5 mile run was done in 44:11.

As I haven’t been running much, I certainly wasn’t expecting anything record-breaking.. Though this did turn out to be a PR, based on the fact I hadn’t run a timed 5 miler before!  WOO HOO!   GO ME!  I kept a fairly steady pace throughout the race, of right around an 8:50 mile.  Considering my runs are usually at a 11-13 minute pace with my son – I was happy with that!

Post Race!

It’s interesting as I had an entirely different race experience than last time.  I kept to myself, and watched a lot of other runners.  I didn’t socialize with strangers like I did last time, but that didn’t affect my fun-level at all!  I thought I would know more people, but only my Tang Soo Do instructor from years ago was familiar to me!

I felt good throughout it, although watching the little speed demon on his way back that won the race (and set a course record) was awesome.  The winner finished the five-mile race in 25:10, with a mile pace that I have never matched in a 5k, let alone a 5 mile!  It was pretty cool to see him blow by on his way back.

The T-Shirt was a nice basic black Tech-T, minimalist with nothing on the back
petekeyes shirt

As always, the race was pretty awesome and a great time. If you are in the Binghamton Area next year – I recommend it!


I run, because I am a runner. Having realized that I have always "been a runner" - even when I went years with out running, I am learning how it has integrated itself in all aspects of my life. When I started running in highschool, my perspective on life changed. Funny that I didn't realize how much it had affected it until just recently.

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