The Chaffee County Running Club (CCRC) is expected to host the 20th annual Two Turkey Relay Race in November of 2020. This is just one of the many seasonal races the running club hosts. It is clear why the race continues to have success and come back each year given the fun spirit of the races. If you choose to participate in this race, be prepared to not take it too seriously and aim to have a good time.
One of the quirky elements of this race is hinted at in the name. That’s right. Two runners create a team for this race. In a digital advertisement, the race is described as a two-person relay in which one runner takes on the first two-mile loop then tags in their teammate for the remaining two miles. As if that wasn’t enough of a twist, the partners are chosen at random right before the start of the race. This keeps runners on their toes because they will not know who their partner is, at least not with advance notice. CCRC emphasizes that runners should participate for the sake of the sport.
The race course itself does not have challenging terrain. The route falls on paved and unpaved roads without too much change in elevation. According to the press release of the event from CCRC, anyone who is able to run two miles will be able to complete the race. To better balance out the range of runners that might participate, inevitably bringing different experience levels, the CCRC gives a two-minute handicap to all females, any runner under 13, and runners older than 60. These handicaps factor into the final race time at the end.
The registration fee comes in at the low price of $3 for CCRC members and $5 for nonmembers. Participants can register the morning of the race at the starting line. The race takes place just outside the heart of downtown Salida. The CCRC awards the top finishing teams with on-theme prizes that are sure to make you cackle like a turkey and feel like you’re at a Thanksgiving meal. Homemade pies and other baked goods are included among the prizes. If you are looking for a festive way to get active before eating one of the largest meals of the year, maybe you should consider signing up for the Two Turkey Relay Race and potentially meet a new friend along the way.