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#1 2011-09-29 10:10:14 pm

Johnno
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Turkey Trots

I know it's way too early, but I have always done the Troy Turkey Trot since moving to the area in 2001.  I was thinking of trying the Schenectady Cardiac Classic this year.  The Troy race is so big and so crowded, but the main reason for thinking about the switch is plain old curiousity.

Who has done both?  Which would you recommend?

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#2 2011-10-01 09:10:31 am

Johnno
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Re: Turkey Trots

Please help me with your insights.

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#3 2011-10-01 07:35:46 pm

SumoRunner
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Re: Turkey Trots

They're all getting pretty crowded lately, although Troy has gotten out of control according to many. The Schenectady TT field is a bit larger than the Stockade-athon so the start would be just as congested. However it is just 5K so the finish is going to be busy as well. Numbers at all of the TTs have been rising every year and there's no reason to think they'll get any smaller this year.

If it's simply a numbers game, the smallest was Cohoes at 312 last year but it's logistics were strained as well since they were used to half that many. There was also a brand new one in Bethlehem in 2010 which drew 500 even with all the others increasing. Here's the finishers in each for the last 4 years. I've done Cohoes for many years, even when it was down around 100, mostly because it's the closest to home. Who'd have thought there were even 10,000 runners in this area in the first place.

                    2010   2009    2008    2007
                   ====  ====  ====  ====
Troy 5k          4864   4534    3763    3175
Troy 10k          752    739      663      671
Schenectady  1364   1213    1024    1006
Saratoga       2512   1994    1888    1474
Cohoes           312     266     144      122
Bethlehem      500       -         -          -

Totals          10304   8746    7482    6448

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#4 2011-10-04 02:23:16 am

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Re: Turkey Trots

The Bethlehem Trot will be a much more less formal affair.  It will be self timed, no official scoring, but a clock at the start/finish line---very low key.  I think they were overwhelmed last year and had a lot of scoring problems, so this year, they bagged the scoring to make it more of a fun run. 

Right now, I am leaning towards trying the Schenectady, just to see how the atmosphere compares to Troy, a race I really like, but curiousity is seeming to get the best of me.  The Saratoga race (a bit far for me) is also growing by leaps and bounds. 

Hope to get more opinions.

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#5 2011-10-25 09:44:41 pm

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Re: Turkey Trots

Anybody out there-----need to hear some turkey talk.

Last edited by Johnno (2011-10-25 09:45:15 pm)

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#6 2011-10-25 09:46:31 pm

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Re: Turkey Trots

SUmo---the Bethelehem race had well over 2000 runners last year----because of glitches, they only scored the first 500, believe me, it was well over that number.

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#7 2011-10-26 09:26:04 pm

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Re: Turkey Trots

Right. Now that you mention it I do recall people complaining about the non-results from Bethlehem in 2010. So that makes it closer to 12,000 runners in the area on one day. That's way beyond anything I'd have imagined even a few years ago.

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#8 2011-11-10 09:31:27 am

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Re: Turkey Trots

Well, I made a change for 2011---I registered for the Schenectady "Trot," rather than Troy.  It was hard, but I decided to give Schenectady a chance and to compare its race experience with Troy.  I will really miss the Troy race----still thinking of driving over to jog the 10K after the Schdy race, but I just have to see what the Cardiac Classic is all about.  I love running in Central Park, so the race can't be that bad, but Troy is Troy.

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#9 2011-11-10 05:58:31 pm

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Re: Turkey Trots

I ran the CC and Troy 10K last year. Probably do  the same this year.  Or perhaps Cohoes then Troy.


You don't know how much I love you/But I love you like the sun/I'd like to put my arms around you/And we could run, run, run, runaway...

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#10 2011-11-11 06:07:46 am

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Re: Turkey Trots

.....And after everyone runs all those other "Trots", take a day off and then come over to Altamont on Saturday 11/26 for the 4th "Run Off That Turkey" Trot 5K.

Low key, out & back course, a warm place to hang while waiting for results, and lots of my bad jokes. Oh, btw, running gloves to the 1st 175 that pre-reg (get the reg in soon - they will go quickly).

email for a form:  holidayclassic@nycap.rr.com

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#11 2011-11-11 05:08:47 pm

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Re: Turkey Trots

Elm----how much time to did it take----were you able to get loose and survive the 10K in Troy????  It has crossed my mind to do both.  The 10K starts at 11AM, I guess if you:

9AM:  Start of CC
9:20:  End of CC
9:35:  Get in car
10:15 arrive in Troy
11:00 Start of 10K.

Not sure if I will sign up for Troy because I'm not sure if I could make it there, get my number and get to the start line, but I have done the 2 in 1 day before. 

I do find that the atmosphere for the 10K is much more subdued than the 5K----seems like many run the 5K and go home.

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#12 2011-11-11 05:10:04 pm

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Re: Turkey Trots

I do recomend the Saturday Trot in Altamont----nice course, nice crowd, noce atmosphere.

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#13 2011-11-12 03:55:56 pm

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Re: Turkey Trots

You mean noce from the Latin word meaning nut?

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#14 2011-11-15 06:25:03 am

alta5k
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Re: Turkey Trots

I've been called worse smile

But in the holiday festive mode - nut - is appropriate

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