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Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot tests pacing, not speed

HONOLULU (HAWAIINEWSNOW) - Ready, Set, Trot! The Honolulu Marathon Clinic presents its annual Turkey Trot, a Thanksgiving Day tradition since 1974, where the fastest runner rarely wins the top prize. This 10-mile run, scheduled for November 26, 2009 at Kapiolani Park Bandstand, awards prizes to those who finish closest to their own predicted finishing time.

Honolulu Marathon Clinic's Annual Turkey Trot
November 26, 2009
Kapiolani Bandstand
Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.
Admission: $3
Course: 10 miles
Prizes awarded to closest predicted finish times

"Why 10 miles? Because we know that the mistakes we make in the first 10 miles of the marathon will haunt us in the last 6. The Turkey Trot is to be run at the same easy pace as the first ten miles of the marathon; trying to hold back the pace when our body tells us to go for it," says Clinic Director Dr. Jack Scaff.

Registration starts at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand at 6:30 a.m. and the run begins as soon as all are registered, so participants are advised to arrive early. Each runner is given a tongue depressor blade on which they write their name and their predicted finish time to the second. At the finish line, the blades are collected and times listed.

Awards will be given to those coming closest to their own predicted finish time; also, there will be random drawings of finisher names for door prizes. Entry fee is $3; no watches, headphones, or pacing devices are allowed.

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