Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Turkey Jive Half Marathon Review

This past Saturday I ran the Turkey Jive Half Marathon. My friends Jason Smith and Lyle Anderson created an organization called Underground Runner which will be hosting low-key, no-frills races. That's just my style! Here they are providing some pre-race instructions. (It's hard to take anything they say seriously when they're looking like this.)

Being a first time event, there was a small group of around 30 runners that showed up to jive. 70's costumes were encouraged and there was enough afro hair to cover the state of Michigan.

The thing I liked best about the race was that it was less like a race and more like a group of friends getting together to go run. I ran the whole time with my friends Karrie, Michelle, and Cherie. (This was BEFORE those dark storm clouds dumped on us.)

The course was an out-and-back and they jumped for joy when we reached the turnaround.

Me and my afro/polyester got in a little bit of jumping too.

We picked up one more runner, Melanie on our return. These guys were a blast to run with. I would take a casual race like this over one of the 40,000 runner marathons any day.

There was an awesome medal waiting for us at the end of the race. (The same company that made this medal is also making the medals for the Baker's Dozen Half Marathon. They. Will. Be. Sweet!)


  1. I need to find some of those smaller more chill races. That looks like a lot of fun. Cool medal too!

  2. That's an awesome medal!!

    We have a pretty cool running/racing community around here with a variety of "non-races" ranging from mountain biking to adventure races to a nighttime half marathon where there will HOPEFULLY be snow. Budget friendly and fun fun fun.

  3. Soooooooooooo wishing that little running group was closer up in my neighborhood. I ought to get something like this started up North. What a blast you peeps are having!!

  4. Awesome! I love doing races like that! Great medal!

  5. LOVE! I hope everyone finds our small group of runners... no I don't. yes, I do. no I don't. ah crap. If everyone find out it will be 40,000 people races. :( shoot. That was a blast!

  6. What a fun race!! I tried to run with an afro wig on halloween and it was HARD to do!! Kudos for you keeping it on :)

  7. Nice group of runners and fun race :)
    Have a good weekend!