Run Turkey Run Race Report – Carlee Brandom

Race: Run Turkey Run (5K)

Runner: Carlee Brandom

Race Date: 11/25/2021

Location: Hamden, CT

Results: 23.18 (3rd in age group 30-39)

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3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  • Location; this is about 7 miles down the road from me
  • Company: I know several runners at this race, some friends from high school, other friends from town and runners I see. The overall winner was my former student!
  • Course: This is a course I am familiar with; it’s pretty flat with a big hill towards the end. I like the out and back because it’s fun to see how close you are to the front

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

This was my first post-Covid race. I totally forgot that the starting line can get backed up if you don’t start up front and lost some time there!

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

People wear lots of turkey gear!

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

I loved seeing the dogs running this race! Hopefully, our puppy will be able to sometime.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

If you are looking to race something….probably start in front of the strollers (especially if they don’t look like jogging strollers). Though my fastest half to date was done pushing a stroller, so don’t be too quick to judge!

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

Yes; it’s on a beautiful bike path in the fall!

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Not really; just the right amount!

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Very much so!

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Often the winners are college students home from break and they are speedy!

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

No; super easy

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?


Weather and typical race conditions

Cold and crisp; perfect!

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

5 out of 5