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!)