The Turkey Trot Race Courses
Once again there are no changes from last year to any of this year’s Turkey Trot courses. Everyone in the 5K, 10K and 15K will start together and can decide which race to run when the courses split. We hope that will help keep the community feel of the race and give runners the maximum chance to see each other. Here is hoping you get a chance to run the courses ahead of time.
This tradition has not changed. The starting line for the 5/10/15K races remains on Esplanade Way. A timing mat will be placed at the start line so that no matter where you start, your chip time will not begin until you reach the starting line. Runners should line up based on the pace they expect to run. Those expecting to run 6 minutes or faster should be in the first section. Those who plan to walk or run slower than a 10 minute pace should start near the back. The rest should be in the middle. A sign post will identify each area. Patience is important and appreciated. After all, it’s Thanksgiving!
All three races will run the same route for two miles. Runners will proceed south on Esplanade until they reach Shumard Oak Boulevard. At Shumard Oak , everyone will turn left and head east. Runners can run on EITHER side of the median on Shumard Oak. Once on Shumard Oak, stay the course (continue across Four Oaks) until you hit the T at Grove Park Drive. Turn right at the T and take the loop around the lake in a counter clockwise (right turn) direction. On this first loop ALL runners will stay on Grove Park until they reach Mulberry.
At Baringer Hill Drive (just past the 2 mile mark), 5K runners will be directed to the right side of the road, and 10K and 15K runners will be directed to the left side of the road. The split will occur after the water tables on Grove Park. Please keep an eye out for the split and move to the correct side.
Runners will continue to Mulberry Park Boulevard 5K runners will turn right onto Mulberry Park and stay on the right side of the median. The 10K and 15K runners will also turn right, but they will stay to the left of the median. Everyone will stay on Mulberry Park until they reach Four Oaks Boulevard. Once there, all runners will turn left– 5K runners will stay on the right side of the median and, again, the 10K and 15K runners will stay on the left as they head up Four Oaks.
At the top of the hill on Four Oaks, all runners will turn right onto Merchants Row Boulevard. Again, 5K runners will stay to the right side of the road, and 10K and 15K runners will stay on the left side.
The 5K Finish
The 5K runners will continue all the way to Esplanade Way where they will turn left and head for the finish. Congrats! You are a Turkey Trot FINISHER!
The Second Loop for the 10K and 15K – Starting together
While the 5K runners continued down Merchants Row to Esplanade Way, the 10K and 15K runners will turn left on Bald Cypress Way (before Esplanade Way) and proceed to Shumard Oak. About three fourths of the way down the road the runners will find the 3 mile mark.
The 15K and 10K runners will continue running together, turning left on Shumard Oak and keeping to the right side of the median. They will run together to Four Oaks and then turn right, again keeping to the right side of the road. Continue all the way to the turnaround just before Tram Road, circle the cone and head back on Four Oaks to School House Road.
All 10K and 15K runners will turn right on School House Road and continue to Terrebonne Drive. Everyone will turn left on Terrebonne and head for Grove Park. And that is where the 10K and 15K runners will bid each other fond adieu. 15K runners will turn right and 10K runners will turn left!
The 10K continues
After turning left onto Grove Park, 10K runners will continue for a very short distance before bearing left on Shumard Oak. They will continue straight ahead toward Park Crossing Trail where they will turn right and return to Grove Park. At Grove Park, they will turn left again and run clockwise around the lake until reaching Ivy Green Trail.
At Ivy Green Trail 10K runners will turn left and head up the hill to the Southwood Town Center. 15K runners will be merging on to the course on Ivy Green Trail. Runners will climb until they reach Merchants Row again. They will turn left on Merchants Row, and this time they will trek down the hill all the way to Esplanade Way. DO NOT turn on Bald Cypress this time. Instead, head for Esplanade Way and take a left to cross the finish line. CONGRATS 1OK RUNNERS! YOU ARE FINISHED!
The 15K continues
When we left the 15K runners above, they had turned right on Grove Park. After only a block, the 15K runners turn right onto Salinger Way and proceed up the hill to Biltmore Avenue. Once on Biltmore, 15K runners will turn left and head north on the RIGHT side of the road until reaching the turnaround point just north of Tremont Drive. Runners must circle the cone marking the turnaround and head back south to Hemmingway Boulevard, again staying on the right.
At Hemmingway, runners turn right again, keeping to the right side of the road as they head toward the lake. Runners will cross Grove Park and head toward the lake on the bike path, bearing right on the path as they approach the lake and continuing in a counterclockwise direction. Runners should follow the markers, which will keep them on the trail between the lake and Grove Park until they reach a point that takes them across Grove Park and onto Ivy Green Trail. At this point 15K runners will turn right and head up Ivy Green Trail, rejoining 10K runners heading for the Southwood Town Center. At the top of the hill, they all turn left at Merchants Row, and head downhill to the finish on Esplande Way. 15K runners will stay on the left side of Merchants Row, but must resist the urge to turn left on to Bald Cypress again. Once is enough! When 15K runners reach Esplanade Way, they will turn left (with the 10K runners) and head for the finish. Congratulations! You are a Turkey Trot 2014 FINISHER!