The Rich Dalessandro Memorial Turkey Trot takes place in Dalton, OH every Fall and it has become a local favorite for the Fall Racing season. I have only run it once, but that was 2 years ago and all I could recall from that day was that the course was super hillish hell hills. In summary: the race starts downhill and finishes downhill. Which equates to a TON of climbing in between.
My only goals for the race were to A) PR the course B) Have fun C) Attempt to get back “up to speed” as I find my legs not loving 5K’s after all my Half Marathon training D) Finish in the top 15 Females
The race starts downhill, as previously stated. I did my best to “bank” time (is that possible on a 5K?) and push the first mile in preparation to endure the hills.
It was obvious that the 6:41 first mile split would help cushion my inevitable hill collapse. I haven’t done hill repeats in probably a year, so I was expecting the worst. I think over the course of the next 2 miles we went up and down a series of 6-7 decent hills including the one dubbed “Hallelujah Hill” at the end. Why Hallelujah? Because it made you say that when you got to the top.
Mile 0.1–5:23 pace
Some views of the hills that do not include my mug in them.
Final Finish: 22:56 (7:23/mile)
Overall: 59/388 (5k Race)
Age Group 2/33
I hit on all of my goals for the race. I found my fast legs even though my goal is still to clock a low 22 race this season. I had fun. I finished in the top 15 females. And I PR’d the course! Case in point…also this race has gotten so much bigger!
59 2/33 11/224 386 5K Elizabeth Mason 27 F OH 22:56.21 7:23 39 3/22 7/116 698 5K Elizabeth Marchand 25 F OH 23:42.75 7:38