By Jenna Dyer
Runners, walkers and all of the in between line up bright and early on the morning of Dec. 8, on 6th St. to participate in the 2019 Turkey Trot.
The event takes place every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, but this year’s annual event, went a bit differently.
Due to the abundant smoke from Campfire in Butte County during the month of November, the race was pushed back from Nov. 17 to Dec. 8.
Many participants joked about the race being pushed back to December, by calling it the ‘‘Tinsel Trot’’.
The event had a variety of distances for participants of all ages, and abilities. It included the two mile, the 5K, the 10K and a half marathon. A kids fun run was also an option for children up to four years of age, varying in distances under one mile.
“I participated just for fun, and I would totally do it again,” sophomore Emi Wong said.
This year they also added an ‘‘unofficial 15k’’, where a participant up for the challenge, would begin the 5k at 8:00 a.m., and must finish in under 30 min, then return to the starting line where they would compete in the 10k. Participants would receive their medal and time at the end of the 10k race.
In years past, the race course for the most popular 5K event has typically gone through part of downtown Davis, leading into Central Davis neighborhoods, going past Davis High and down Covell. Due to the abundance of construction and traffic, the course took a bit of a different turn.
It began on 6th St. and continued past the davis Co-op, turned down H St. and onto F St.,looping back around to community park, with the traditional home stretch down B St. All while avoiding the large masses of traffic and construction.
Many participants, on the other hand did not notice much of a change.
“I think that the course was pretty much the same from the last time I did it,” said Wong
With this being a large event, volunteers are often needed to help out at different stations across town, with water stations, street blocking, handing out medals and preparing food at the end of the race.
“I needed hours for CSF, and many of my friends were doing it,” volunteer junior Ella Simmons said. “ I would do it again because I think it’s a fun way to help other people and get community service hours.”