KANEOHE - More than 200 participants from Marine Corps Base Hawaii and the community ran in the Turkey Trot, Nov. 19.
The 10K race, which is part of the Commanding Officer’s Fitness Series, started and ended in front of Pop Warner Field. After the Turkey Trot, families were invited to participate in an additional one-mile family fun run around the track at Pop Warner Field. The race was hosted by Marine Corps Community Services and 3rd Radio Battalion. Most of the funds raised went to the unit.
The first male across the finish line was Tyler Hubbard, who took first place in last year’s Turkey Trot as well. Hubbard has also competed in at least 40, if not more, races within the last few years.
“I had to come back and defend my Turkey Trot title,” Hubbard said with a smile, glistening with sweat.
Hubbard wasn’t sure if he would be able to compete in the race this year. He took a week off from running after competing in the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 30 in Washington, D.C. Because training for the marathon is different from the 10K, he said he wasn’t sure if he’d be fast enough.
“[The race was a] little bit hilly,” Hubbard said. “[But] I felt like it was a good performance.”
Stephy Matsumura, of Pearl City crossed the finish line as the first place winner in the female division, this year. Matsumura has competed in at least seven previous Turkey Trots. She described the race this year as “well organized.”
“The hill had a kick to it,” Matsumura said.
Matsumura ran three times a week to train for races, including a long run, sprint and tempo run.
“It’s an indescribable feeling,” Matsumura said of her win. “It feels good. You [have] the jitter for hours.”
She said it’s “never too late” to start running, and encouraged everyone to “take advantage” of living in Hawaii. She added that, after winning the race, she had a “feeling of euphoria, especially when I beat girls half my age … that feels damn good.”
Some participants pushed their children in strollers throughout the race, while others ran alone. Jon Weisenborn, of Fairport, N.Y., ran the Turkey Trot with his dog, Oscar. Although this was the second
Turkey Trot for Weisenborn, it was the first for Oscar, who loves to run.
As participants rested at Pop Warner Field, enjoying refreshments, Beckie Page, assistant manager of the Semper Fit Center, called for participants of the family fun run to line up. At her call to start, children took off running. Whether finishing a quarter of a mile or
one mile, the children were given a special gift bag with items such as candy and a competition ribbon.
“It was very windy,” said Brian McLean, of the Turkey Trot. “[The Turkey Trot was] easier than a half marathon.”
McLean also ran the family fun run with his son after the Turkey Trot.
“He enjoys everything that’s active,” McLean said of his son, who rested in his stroller after finishing the family fun run.
There were winners in the male and female divisions, as well as the various age divisions. The first place female and male each received a turkey.
For more information about the Commanding Officer’s Fitness Series, visit http://www.mccshawaii.com/cgfit.shtml.