Athlete Race Recap: 2023 Thanksgiving Day Races

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023
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Lisa (left) and Natalie (right) were bright and festive for their race on Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving Day remains the most popular day to do a running race in the United States; July 4th (Independence Day) is number two.  These holiday-themed races are well-loved by the endurance community and beyond; they represent a time to get together, engage in movement with family and friends in local communities, and to share a bit of fun and holiday spirit.  Several Full Circle Endurance athletes laced up their running shoes and ran races on Thanksgiving Day this year.

Daria (second from left) and her family wearing their festive Turkey Tutus!

Daria Bakina raced in the YMCA Turkey Trot in Buffalo, New York, which at 127 years old is the oldest and longest continually running Turkey Trot in the United States. She had a strong, wonderful run and felt great for all 8 kilometers of the point-to-point course.

Christina Barker raced in the Third Annual Money Road Turkey Trot, which is an “unofficial” race that has become an annual tradition for Moxie2 Racing, the racing team that Christina is a part of.

Heidi Caruso ran the Hampstead Recreation Commission Turkey Trot in Hampstead, New Hampshire.

Lisa Crockford and Natalie Metz raced at the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Day Race 5K in Baldwinsville, New York.  Dressed in festive attire, Natalie went into this race with re-managed expectations after having some unexpected complications to her training during the final three weeks before the race.  She ended up feeling good and having a wonderful time at this race that she loves so much.

Congratulations to Daria, Christina, Heidi, Lisa, and Natalie!


Coach Laura Henry

Laura Henry is a Syracuse, NY-based coach who is a USA Triathlon Level II Long Course and Level II Paratriathlon Certified Coach, USA Cycling Level 2 Certified Coach, VFS Certified Bike Fitter, and has successfully completed NASM's Certified Personal Trainer course. Coach Laura is passionate about helping athletes of all ability levels reach their goals and has coached many athletes to success.

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