The Interval, 11/29/16


The 26th running of the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot took place on a sunny Thanksgiving morning.  About 20,000 participants gathered at Auditorium Shores for the start on the First Street bridge.  Most of the 20,000 runners signed up for the untimed 5 miler and many did the 1 mile walk or the kid’s K.

For the timed 5 miler, 3,600 runners took on the hilly course up La Vaca, over on 15th and Enfield, then back down to Cesar Chavez and the finish on Riverside.  The men’s winner was Brody Roush in 26:01, 5:12 pace.  Close behind were Rory Tunningly and Lorin Wilson.  The first woman was Alison Macsas, in 28:17, followed by Lennie Waite and Chris Kimbrough.  Masters winners were Andy Albright and Chris Kimbrough.  Gordon Alexander continued his string of great results with a 31:05, winning his 55-59 age group.  He also won masters or his age group in the RFTW 10 mile and the Run for the Heroes 5K in the last month.

A recent Runner’s World article has a list of the biggest Turkey Trots, but ThunderCloud isn’t mentioned, perhaps because many of the runners chose the untimed event.  In any case, it’s one of the biggest area races and the main beneficiary is Caritas of Austin.  100% of the proceeds from the events go to Caritas, a nonprofit organization that provides housing, employment, education, and food services to more than 20,000 homeless, working poor, and documented refugees in Travis County.  The ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot has donated over $3M to Caritas in the past 25 years.

Interesting News and Articles from Outside of Austin

Meredith Terranova, local endurance athlete and nutritionist, competed in the Ultraman World Championships last week in Hawaii.  This event is invitation only, for just 40 people each year.  Day 1:  a 10K ocean swim and a 90 mile bike ride.  Day 2:  171 mile bike ride.  Day 3:  52 mile run.  All of the running and biking involves climbing volcanoes on the Big Island.  Meredith was the fifth woman to finish- an incredible achievement.

Upcoming Races

The big race this weekend is the Rock’n’Roll San Antonio Marathon.  It’s one of the last of the fast Fall marathons, with just CIM and Houston to follow.

In Austin, the Trail of Lights Fun Run is on Saturday.

The area trail runners will be at McKinney Roughs on Saturday for The Circus by Spectrum Trail Racing.  There are 10K and 30 K solo events, but the main attraction is the 12 hour relay.  Teams of 1-6 runners will see who can run the most miles from 6am to 6pm.  Our TrailRoots team won last year…


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