“The Best 10k Race of the Year!”
Looking for the absolute best 10k race experience in Vancouver? Are you a beginner, pro, or just love a fun organized Thanksgiving walking experience? Better yet, looking for a race where you can dress up as a turkey, just because you can? This is the race for you!
How I did
I start most 5k and 10k races unsure if I am going to PB, or just “dare to be average”. Not every race needs to be run like you are competing for nationals. More than not however, once the race starts, I error on the side of shooting for the stars.
I am quite happy with my race performance this year. I shaved off a few minutes from my race last year, and improved my overall placement. I remember when I first started running, I was near the bottom just about every time. It is nice to see me moving up in the ranks!
What’s New This Year
There were two noticeable changes that RunVan implemented this year:
- Race corrals, three to be exact.
- Race Medals! Everyone completing the race got a posh Granville Island Turkey Trot 2016 medal to hang with your other accomplishments. Awesome move RunVan! LOVE!
I love the Granville Island Turkey Trot. The race is in its 19th year! This is the third time that I have run the race. I am rather fond of the Turkey Trott, as it was my first 10k experience when I got started running more than three years ago. Now, after several races under by belt at various distances (including a marathon), the Turkey Trot is one I have and will continue to return to. Call it nostalgia, but I think this race rocks. Is it the funky turkey costumes, or the happy energetic kids hold signs saying “Touch Her for Power?” Yes! There is no other race in the Lower Mainland with so much volunteer energy.
Package Pick-up Experience
All of the RunVan events are well-organized. I was most impressed with the expanded number of days available to pick-up your bib. This year I went to the Rackets and Runners location on Saturday. The flow was very smooth, the staff were uber friendly, and I was in and out of there in a flash. I also got a nifty $20 gift certificate at Rackets and Runners good for a couple of months (until February?).
The Turkey Trot is flat. The only exception is the first 2.5k as you make your way out of Granville Island and onto the Burrard Bridge. Once on the other side, it is your opportunity to fly. But beware, the urge to complete the climb up to and over the bridge may be the one real hazard of the course. If there ever was a race that I felt the tendency to go out too fast, this is that race.
The race winds you around False Creek, Mount Pleasant, and Fairview sections of the Seawall. I run this area regularly on my long slow distance days. It is beautiful. Compared to Stanley Park, this is a much less busy part of the Seawall.
The course did seem to run long, but who can really say. My Garmin Fenix 3 hr gave me 10.2k. I trust that RunVan has the distance near perfect as Garmin products do tend to measure a bit over time-to-time.
Post Race Experience
After a race, I am not one to hang around. Once I find the guy handing out medals, I am typically on my way. This year, I walked through and checked out the brass band and grabbed a banana. No negative experiences here and I love that the room lacked the pretentious air I have experiences after other races.
Sign up for this race! You will not be disappointed! See you in 2017!