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Modesto Turkey Trot

Continuing my tradition of doing a race on a holiday, I did the Modesto Turkey Trot 5k run. It was mostly flat and on grass and dirt, with quite a few turns. Still, I was happy with my effort in this one.

Race Data

Final time: 20:51 (6:43/mile)
Overall place: 48/379

With all the Gary Condit and Scott Peterson madness over, it seemed safe to pay a visit to the otherwise-sleepy bedroom community of Modesto.  Greeting us was this Porsche 550 Spyder (probably a replica).
Leading the way for the front runners in the race was a person riding this Felt tri bike.
Runners on the final stretch!
This photo of the finish was taken about 7.5 minutes after my official time of 20:51.
Prizes, including turkeys, gift certificates, and lots of tubes of Toast sunscreen, were given for the top finishers and raffle winners.  The blonde at the left (accepting an award) passed me after 3/4 of a mile and finished first of all the women, finishing in 18:xx.
Shades of American Graffiti, four decades after the era that inspired the George Lucas' movie.  Here's a 40s breadvan and 50s sedan at an A&W Root Beer joint.  Some trivia: A&W is the world's #1 selling root beer, and was founded in Lodi, CA, the charming little town (next to Stockton) that I did much of my childhood schooling and cycling in.  And George Lucas grew up in Modesto.
A blend of old and new, Elaina looked somewhat at home in this once cruiser town.  We then headed over to Stockton to celebrate turkey day.  I think I will try to start a tradition of doing some sort of athletic event on holidays... the 2004 Modesto Turkey Trot can be the first one!