Though more of a traditional event for Thanksgiving in the United States, Granville Island in Vancouver was once again the site for a Turkey Trot on Monday. There were 1,798 entrants in the 19th annual race on Monday with 1,583 finishers, according to race timing company Sportstats.
The race hosted a kids run on Sunday and a 10K on Monday as runners may have burned off any turkey or Thanksgiving meals that preceded the race. Runners and walkers took to Instagram to post photos and included captions such as “thankful for a 10K PB…but mostly for pumpkin pie,” and “what better way to burn off the turkey dinner than a 10K?” among others.
The race, officially known as the Granville Island Turkey Trot, started and finished on the very-popular peninsula located across from downtown Vancouver. The area is a bustling shopping district for locals and visitors to the city. The route is one loop of False Creek as participants cross the Burrard Bridge and head east to Science World. The route then follows the waterfront path along the southern edge of False Creek before returning to Granville Island and the finish.
The race regularly attracts more than 1,000 people from the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond. An added bonus for participants is that their race bib doubles as a ticket for a free beer at a local Mahony & Sons in Vancouver.
Christian Gravel won the men’s 10K in 33:08 and Amelie De Fenoyl won the women’s 10K in 37:22.
— Jeannine (@jeannineavelino) October 10, 2016
The race is part of what is known as the RUNVAN Hat-trick as the non-profit hosts the BMO Vancouver Marathon, the Granville Island Turkey Trot and the Fall Classic this year. The Turkey Trot was the second of three RUNVAN events this year. A long-sleeve shirt is available for those who complete the trifecta of races.
— Gord Kurenoff (@Ohgord) October 10, 2016
It was difficult getting up this morning BUT with one motivation in mind (food), I am happy and so glad that I did. Very thankful for a lot of things in my life, good and bad. But I am currently most thankful that i survived this race. Considering that I haven't been running much lately, not bad for my first race of the YEAR and I couldn't have done it without my homeboy. Shoutout to #lookwhoIfound @running_cook Good job mama! First 10k since giving birth! Cheers to good health and happy thanksgiving everyone! #thanksgiving #startingthedayright #granvilleislandturkeytrot2016