11/24/2022 Asad K, Brittany K, Christine C, Kevin C, Peter H, Rick W, Tree City Turkey Trot Kent, Ohio


Tree City Turkey Trot 5K

Kent, Ohio

Asad Khan

Finish Time:  23:57

Overall Place: 52nd Place / 396

Division Place: 1st Place

Kevin Christensen

Finish Time:  28:41

Overall Place:  162nd Place / 396

Division Place: NA

Rick Wise

Finish Time:  32:08

Overall Place:  222nd Place / 396

Division Place:  NA

Peter Heroux

Finish Time:  36:47

Overall Place: 283rd Place

Division Place: NA

Christine Churpek

Finish Time:  36:48

Overall Place: 284th Place / 396

Division Place:  NA

Brittany Kiehl

Race Volunteer And Fun Run Participant

Race Review By Brittany Kiehl:

I completed the Kent Turkey Trot fun run so I did not place in the overall results or age group awards. Only the 5K was timed. The course was in a beautiful park along the Cuyahoga River. The 5K participants received blankets for the swag and the fun run participants got t-shirts. Overall a nice local race.  There are so many great local Turkey Trots it will be hard to decide which one to choose for next year.

11/24/2022 Scott Orlando Mansfield Lexington Turkey Trot Mansfield, Ohio


Mansfield Lexington Turkey Trot 5K, 10K, And Half Marathon

Mansfield, Ohio


Scott Orlando

Finish Time:  46:51

Overall Place:  6th Place/ 45

Division Place:  1st Place / 2

Race Review By Scott Orlando:

This was my 4th time competing in the Mansfield Lexington Turkey Trot.  This was the 5th year of existence for this race which offers three distances ( 5K, 10K, and half marathon) plus a short kids fun run.  Each year the race has grown in size from the previous year.  The 5K was by far the most popular distance with almost 200 runners and walkers registered.  The 10K field included 45 participants and the half marathon had 31 participants.   The course for all of the races is a scenic out and back on the local paved bike trail which is mostly flat.   This year the race directors changed up the registration which provided some less expensive no swag , no frills options lowering the pricing for some races while increasing them for others.  It is hard to say if this strategy worked well overall.  There was an increase in the race registrations over last year with most of the growth in the 5K where the lower fee options provided the best pricing.  For me running the 10K I paid about $31 more this year for the same distance and swag over last year which was a considerable increase.  In years past a tech hoodie was included in the swag and race registration.  This year you had to pay an extra $15 if you wanted a hoodie for your swag or you could go with the new standard swag of a long sleeve t-shirt for no additional fee.  Both the hoodie and t-shirt were nice and featured the same race logo design on them.  Participants also received finisher medals.

The start of the race was delayed due to long lines at registration.  It could have been a combination of people showing up late to check in, race day registrations, and or maybe a slow check in process.  I think some people started the race late as a result but the event was chip timed so it didn’t effect any times.  I was one of the first people to register so I did not have to wait at all to check in.  I always recommend arriving to races early to help reduce any unforeseen circumstances that can stress you out or prevent you from fully physically and mentally preparing for the start line.

As for my race I wasn’t sure how I was going to do just coming off of a tough 15K just 4 days before this race.   The first mile I started off strong and was at a 7:00 minute mile pace.  I had hoped to run the entire race somewhere between 7:00 and 7:22 mile pace.  I gradually started to slow down and settled in at a 7:30 mile pace.  The 15K from 4 days earlier was definitely having an effect on my speed as I was not yet fully recovered.   At the turnaround for the 5K runners I saw many of the young fast runners fly past so I was thankful I was not competing against them.  Heading towards the 10K turnaround point I was able to see who I was now really racing against as the half marathon runners kept going straight.  I counted 7 runners ahead of me.  The top 3 runners were flying and well ahead of the field.  I thought if I increased my pace I might be able to catch a few of them.   At the last water stop I was able to pass 2 of the runners but the remaining 5 in front of me were nowhere in site.  I finished with a time of 46:51.  The five finishing in front of me all finished with an average pace of 6:53 per mile or faster which is better than I have ever run this race .  I was a little disappointed in my average pace of 7:30 per mile which I would have liked to have been more around 7:20 per mile, but my legs just didn’t have it in me still being dead from the 15K.  I finished 6th overall and 1st in my division.

As in previous years the race was well organized and fun.  After the race participants received individual pies plus there were additional food options of protein bars and bananas inside the church.  The race information did state donuts would also be available but I did not see any.  I am a sucker for a good donut so I was definitely looking for them.  The race for me was more expensive this year and bordering on the high side but you always should consider value not price.  I think I did get a lot of value for my money and it should be noted that the race is a charity event to race money to feed people in need.  I am sure I will be back next year.  The race fields have remained fairly small over the years for the 10K and half marathon.  I think they should consider eliminating the half marathon option for next year.  If they did this I think it would increase to 10K race field size and simplify the event a little for the race directors.


11/20/22 Scott Orlando Hot Chocolate 15K Columbus, Ohio


Hot Chocolate 15K

Columbus, Ohio

Scott Orlando

Finish Time:  1:12:44

Overall Place: 87th Place / 1,007

Division Place:  4th Place / 48

Race Recap By Scott Orlando:

This was my 2nd year in a row running the Hot Chocolate 15K in Columbus, Ohio.  Last year the race day weather was miserable with temperatures in the 30’s, strong winds, and relentless rain.  This year’s weather was a different kind of miserable with extremely cold temperatures, steady winds of 15 MPH and wind gusts at over 30 MPH.  The wind chill had it feeling like 5 degrees at race time.  Over 5,100 runners and walkers hit the streets of downtown Columbus to take on the 5K, 10K, and 15K courses.  The 5K was by far the most popular distance with over 3,400 participants.  The 10K was a new distance added this year that included 700 participants.  The 15K race field featured over 1,00 brave runners.

My race started with a decent first few miles as the excitement of such a large race boosted my energy levels.  After the field started to spread out a bit I quickly started feeling the effects of the extreme cold and strong winds.  My goal was to settle in at a pace around 7:40 per mile which is what I averaged last year.   As each mile went on I found myself gradually slowing a few seconds and losing ground.  I actually felt fine but I think the gusting winds and extreme cold was taking its toll on my running efficiency.

I know one of the golden rules of racing is not to try anything new during a race, but I did something out of necessity that I have never done before at a race.  For the pre race walk from my hotel to the start I placed emergency hand warmers in my gloves.   I had planned to remove them just before the start of the race, but it was so cold I kept them in my gloves during the race.  Each one was small enough that they added little weight or bulk.  They really worked well and I think gave me a false sense of overall body warmth that kept my mind from focusing on the cold.

The wind was probably a bigger factor in slowing me down and making running conditions tough than the actual cold.  At times was actually blown sideways from wind gusts if that gives you any indication how strong they really were.  It was so cold that the fluid at the hydration stops was freezing.  To reduce the fluids from completely freezing aid station workers filled each cup completely.  The top of the cups of fluid were iced up but the fluid under the ice was not.  Several aid stations on the course featured “Sweet Stops” compete with M & M’s, Swedish Fish, chocolate, marshmallows, and hot chocolate.  The race is known well for these delicious little treats along the course.

Knowing I was off my pace and wanting to get back on the age group podium like last year I tried to increase my speed the last mile.  This plan didn’t work all that well as this part of the course saw some of the strongest wind gusts.  Here the 15K course merged back with the 5K and 10K course so everyone could finish at the same location.  As I dug deep and tried to kick hard the last mile I found myself in a sea of walkers from the 5K that were spread out all over the road.  There was little pavement to operate and I ended up losing time weaving between them.  In the end I finished a little over a minute slower than last year and just off the podium in 4th pace in my division with a time of 1:12:44.  The top 3 in my division all finished with times faster than my finish time from last year so based on that I am happy with my efforts.  The 2nd and 3rd place finish times were certainly within my grasps being just a minute behind so that will give me motivation to do better next year.

Post race was short lived for me because of the extreme cold.  I quickly got to the gear check and changed into warm dry clothes, took a few pictures, received my bowl of chocolate goodies with hot chocolate, and headed back to my hotel for a long hot shower.

This race is offered in several cities around the country each year and seems to really provide a great experience and value to runners.  The expo is filled with free chocolate snacks, vendors, and picture opportunities.  The swag is always amazing.  I actually registered with a promo code for bonus swag which included a cooler bag, magnet, hot chocolate, chocolate bar, and running hat.  Everything was very well organized.  This year they added a swag swap booth which was much needed last year.  They also utilize Enmotive race timing which provided instant results and pictures.

If you are looking for an amazing race experience and like chocolate this might be the event for you!

11/6/2022 Kevin Christensen TCS New York City Marathon New York, New York


TCS New York City Marathon

New York, New York

Kevin Christensen

Finish Time:  5:17:46

Overall Place:  33,646th Place / 47,743

Division Place:  760th Place / 1,307

Race Recap By Kevin Christensen:

The extreme heat took a toll on me. It was the hottest NYC Marathon since they moved the race to November in 1986. The lead elite actually “crashed” due to heat exhaustion so I don’t feel bad after slowing my pace after mile 16. Two of the later water stops ran out of cups.  One poured water in your hands to drink from the other gave out liter cartons of Flow brand water.