Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Trot 5K now twice as nice

They arrive at dawn. Thousands of people. The joggers. The hopefuls. The champions.

Most of those runners at the Times Turkey Trot crowd the starting line of the 5K Wingding, a 3.1-mile race that attracts as many as 6,000.

Those overwhelming numbers present a huge logistical challenge for organizers who each year try to accommodate elite runners aiming for top times and the more casual participants content with completing the course at a more leisurely pace.

This year, they seem to have found a solution by splitting the 5K into two races.

The Wingding is now strictly for the serious runner. That will be followed by a 5K fun run for the not-so-serious runner.

"Before it was just way too many people in one race," said race director Skip Rogers. "This split solves a lot of problems."

The 5K Wingding has a strong field that includes former Clearwater Central Catholic star Kevin Lyons, who won two years ago.

In the 10K, former Keswick Christian and USF standout Christa Benton is attempting to win her fourth straight title.

Rogers expects more than 15,000 to participate in the Thanksgiving Day races: the 5K (3.1-mile) Wingding that's off at 7:15 a.m., the 5K fun run (3.1-mile) at 7:30, the 1-mile Gobbler at 8:30 or the 10K (6.2-mile) Turkey Trot at 8:45.

All races except the fun run begin at Keene Road just south of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and end at Jack White Stadium at Clearwater High School. The fun run starts on Druid Road.

Times Turkey Trot

The 30th annual event is Thursday at Jack White Stadium at Clearwater High, 540 S Hercules Ave. The Wingding (5K), Gobbler (1 mile) and Turkey Trot (10K) races begin on Keene Road south of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. The 5K fun run begins on Druid Road:

• 5K Wingding, a 3.1-mile course, starting at 7:15 a.m.

• 5K Fun Run, a 3.1-mile fitness run/walk, starting at 7:30 a.m.

• 1-mile Gobbler, a fitness run/walk, starting at 8:30 a.m.

• 10K Turkey Trot, a 6.2-mile course, starting at 8:45 a.m.

• A kickoff party is scheduled from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jack White Stadium. This is the last chance to register in advance (5K runs and 10K are $13; 1-mile race is $9. Exact amounts in cash or check). There will be snacks, live music and games.

• Onsite registration begins on race day at 6 a.m. Fees are higher ($18 for 5K and 10K; $10 for mile).

Trot 5K now twice as nice 11/25/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 28, 2008 7:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pitching on no rest backfires for Erasmo Ramirez, Rays

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — After battling through a 61/2-hour affair Sunday in Minnesota that was the second-longest game in franchise history, Rays officials were quick to decide that even though Erasmo Ramirez had just worked the 15th and final inning, they would stick with him to start Monday's game in Texas.

    Erasmo Ramirez, starting a day after closing a 15-inning marathon, struggles against the Rangers, comes out after throwing 43 pitches in 21/3 innings.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Rangers game

    The Heater

    The Rays had good reason to have faith in RHP Erasmo Ramirez starting Monday after closing Sunday based on his resiliency, versatility and efficiency. But, for whatever reason, he just didn't pitch well and got knocked out in the third.

  3. Rays journal: Dugout bench becomes bed for Logan Morrison at end of long night

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rays found creative ways to get through the physical and mental fatigue of the 6½ hours they spent playing — and ultimately winning — Sunday's game in Minnesota.

    Corey Dickerson drapes towels over an exhausted Logan Morrison in the dugout during the 15th inning of Sunday’s marathon victory.
  4. Rays at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, Arlington, Texas

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Rangers

    8:05, Globe Life Park, Arlington, Texas

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 2: Nick Martinez #22 of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait during photo day at Surprise Stadium on March 2, 2015 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
  5. What major sporting event could Tampa Bay land next?

    Lightning Strikes

    We are on quite a roll as a community. First, we had a Super Bowl drop from the storm clouds into our lap. It just reaffirms the fact that Tampa Bay is great at lap. And Monday it became official: Next year's NHL All-Star Game will be held at Amalie Arena. The best in the world will be here to shoot and score. And …

    MVP Wayne Gretzky is congratulated at the 1999 NHL All-Star game, the last time the event was in Tampa Bay. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times file]