The next several months can prove to be a difficult time to stay motivated to exercise. With darkness early in the morning and coming back at five o’clock in the evening a person is likely to be running in the dark or heading to the gym in the dark. I am much more likely to pound the pavement in my running shoes.
Running is great because you can run from your house, it is not a time consuming activity and it’s relatively cheap. Running outside becomes a challenge over the next several months because of two factors — daylight savings and the cold.
To maintain motivation to run during the Wyoming cold spell, I like to sign up for races that I can set goals for. There are two great events coming up, the 40th annual Turkey Trot in Kendrick Park and the Turkey Trot at the community center in Dayton.
The tradition to run Thanksgiving morning started in 1896. The YMCA in Buffalo, New York, had six people race 5 miles for the first annual Buffalo Turkey Trot. Holiday races are a great time. Running Thanksgiving morning basically gives you a free ticket to eat whatever you want, as much as you want, the rest of the day.
I spent one Thanksgiving in Missoula, Montana. I was 15 years old, a sophomore in high school and fresh off of a high school cross-country season. Missoula hosts the annual Turkey Day 8k. My uncle took me to the race. Just for signing up, I got a pair of white, string-knit work gloves with Turkey Day 8k stamped on the top, and they were awesome.
Two years ago my wife, Kelli, and I spent Thanksgiving in California. We signed up for the Piedmont Turkey Trot in Oakland along with my aunt and her family. This was a huge event. There were 2,400 runners. There were fast runners, low key runners and runners in turkey costumes.
This year Kelli and I will be running in the Turkey Trot 5k in Rapid City, South Dakota. I’m excited to experience a new event and have a quality excuse to eat as much as possible at her grandparents later in the day.
It’s been awhile since I have run the Turkey Trot in Sheridan. I did run it several times during high school and college. I never ran close enough to my estimated time to get the big prize, but I did guess close enough to get a pie one year.
The Sheridan Recreation District has begun women’s volleyball and men’s basketball starts next week. Our City Wide Youth Basketball league in partnership with the YMCA has begun practices and starts games next week as well. Sixth-grade girls are in their fourth week. Those schedules are available on our website.
The annual Turkey Hoop Shoot will be at Sheridan Junior High School new gym Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. This is a two-person basketball shooting contest, typically a parent/child combination where you can win a turkey or a pie for a top-two finish.
On Dec. 8 and 9, we host the annual Holiday Inn Winter Shootout youth basketball tournament. If you have a fourth- through eighth-grade team, get signed up. Registration is available on our website.
Enjoy our last bit of fall and consider finding a Turkey Trot close to you!
Seth Ulvestad is the executive director of the Sheridan Recreation District.