At the mention of Thanksgiving, activities that come to mind usually include time with family and friends, eating large meals, football, and shopping to name a few. Morning workouts and running haven’t usually been on that list. But statistics are now showing that Thanksgiving Day is now the most popular day out the year to participate in an organized run. These range from family friendly 50 yard dashes to more lengthy half marathons. Many of these races join the fight against hunger by encouraging runners to bring items for the local food shelf.
From http://tumblr.innovationforendurance.com/post/13126867890/can-a-thanksgiving-day-run-cancel-out-the-calories: “Ryan Lamppa, the media director at Running USA, said there was a 34 percent growth in Thanksgiving Day races from 2008 to 2010, with more than 500,000 people crossing a finish line before lining up for pumpkin pie. Bill Flaws at Running in the USA shared these statistics:
- 324 races on Thanksgiving Day with “Turkey” in the race name
- 63 races on Thanksgiving Day with “Thanksgiving” in the the race name
- 468 races held on Thanksgiving Day
- 632 races held between Nov. 24 and Nov. 27
Both Lamppa and Flaws expect another record number of Thanksgiving Day road-race finishers this year, particularly if the weather cooperates across the country. Not that Turkey Day races are anything new, says Lamppa.”
Map below shows races spread all across the nation through this upcoming week.
As long as the weather cooperates, turnout this year may be near record levels. And the weather looks like it will be cooperating, at least for the eastern US. The northwest is in the midst of snowy, windy, rainy mess that won’t be clearing up anytime soon.
Morning temperatures ranging from the 30s to the 60s.
What to wear in this type of weather? A few tips from Running Planet.com:
“When dressing for cold weather running, I recommend wearing either two or three layers depending upon the weather conditions. Each layer has its own purpose.
- Layer 1 – The purpose of the first layer is to wick moisture away from your skin. A long sleeve cotton shirt is a common choice for the first layer. This type of shirt will wick away the moisture, but creates another problem by holding on to that moisture. The cotton soaks it up like a sponge. A better choice would be an acrylic fabric, polypropylene of one of the new high tech fabrics that are designed to keep the moisture away from your skin.
- Layer 2 – The second or middle layer should insulate your body and keep you warm. This layer should be made from an insulating material such as fleece or heavy cotton. It should also be able to absorb a small amount of moisture so that it can assist your first layer in keeping your skin dry and warm.
- Layer 3 – Your third or outside layer is there to break the wind and keep rain or snow away from your insulating and wicking layers. This outside layer should be made from a waterproof material such as Gortex or nylon.”
Happy running! Check back here for more thanksgiving weather updates.