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Turkey Trot Scores an A+

December 1, 2009 - Erik Brown
In this post, local runner Joe Shuta offers his thoughts on the Hollidaysburg YMCA’s Turkey Trot last Saturday in a guest column.
Thanks Joe!
Having run numerous races in the past four decades, here's a report card on last Saturday's Hollidaysburg Area YMCA Turkey Trot.
Sponsors: Altoona Mirror, Sheetz & Roaring Spring Bottling all deserve a special place in Runner's & Walker's Heaven.
Participants: 520 registered for the 2 Mile Walk, the 2 Mile Run and the 5 Mile Run. It's obvious that this record turnout speaks for itself.
Course: For the 5 mile run, a nice combination of hills, downhills, flat stretches and easy to follow turns. The volunteers controlling traffic were terrific.
Parking: Plenty of space around the junior high complex and Y.
T-Shirt: A pleasant surprise when I opened the bag to find a long sleeve t-shirt.
Fee: The early registration and family rate made the price a bargain compared to future price increases for Penn State tickets. (Sorry, I couldn't resist the opportunity.)
Organization: The race started on time and the finish line crew was quick and efficient.
Weather: November 28th- no snow, sleet or freezing rain.
Atmosphere: Terrific way to spend a few hours with family, friends and fellow runners.
Food: The chocolate covered donut with sprinkles was delicious. Correction, the two chocolate covered donuts with sprinkles were delicious.
Awards: Numerous medals for various age categories. Unfortunately, there wasn't a category for the first overall male who was 58 years, 11 months and 19 days old.
Timing: If I get any slower, the Y may need to use a calendar to time me. By the way, the numbers on the clock seem to be getting smaller and blurred.
Final Grade:     A+
To everyone involved with the Y, thank you for the programs and events such as Saturday’s Turkey Trot. Because of you, the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA is truly one of this community's jewels.
Turkey Trot Race Results!
Editor’s note: Joe Shuta is a Spanish teacher for the Altoona Area School District, a public address announcer for football games and track meets at Mansion Park, and the host of Leading Off, a sports talk show that airs Wednesdays at 6:00 PM on WFBG (1290 AM). Joe is the “always challenging trivia question” guy. He is also a very accomplished distance runner. In some quarters, he is known as a “Rothrock War Horse”. At least that’s how Mike Casper, race director for the Tussey Mountainback, captioned a photo of Joe finishing a 2007 “Tussey Teaser”. Joe has run six ultramarathons including the Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile Ultra (4 times) and the JFK 50 Mile Ultramarathon twice.
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