Our 14th berry adventure (defined as a family challenge that we’ve never done before) was participating in the 32nd Annual Charlotte Turkey Trot! Our local turkey trot is one of the few 5k’s that aren’t always on Shabbat. We jumped at the chance to do a family 5k, and I was pleased to see that a portion of our registration cost went to Samaritan’s Feet, a charity providing shoes for children.
It would have been fun to do this challenge with a few thousand Charlotteans, but because of COVID the entire thing was virtual this year. We picked up our t-shirts and medals ahead of time, and mapped out our own course on the Brandon Oaks parkway. If I were running the event I would have partnered with a fitness app to record each participant’s distance and speed, to make sure only legitimate 5k-ers were awarded medals, but that’s just me. Apparently this time, everyone’s a winner. 😉
After agreeing to walk, rather than run, with a stroller carrying our 6 week old, we headed out Thanksgiving morning with electrolyte-packed water, protein bars, and our trusty travel potty. Funniest moment was when Greg finished a stretching session + pep talk with the kids, we all shouted 3-2-1-GO! and someone immediately tripped over their feet and ended up flat on the sidewalk.
It took just under an hour and a half, since we average (Eva’s pace) a 30-minute mile. I was satisfied with that! Don’t know if this will become a regular tradition for us, but it was a fun addition to our Thanksgiving this year.