AROUND THE REGION
Troy Turkey Trot Training Challenge
TROY – The Troy Turkey Trot, the Capital Region’s largest Thanksgiving road race, launched their 10-week Training Challenge on Sept. 17 to prepare beginner, intermediate and advanced runners for the 71st edition of the race. The co-ed program follows a gradually increasing training plan that is designed to complete a 5K or 10K. It’s a comprehensive program and includes injury prevention, as well as nutritional and flexibility elements.
There will be two group options in the 5K training, beginner and intermediate. The 5K is designed for novice runners and those seeking to run a faster 5K time. The 10K, which will feature just one training group, is for those wishing to move up from the 5K to the longer distance. The 10K participants should be currently running 3-4 days a week with at least one run a week of up to three miles. The advanced option is for participants seeking to better their 10K times.
Participants will begin each week with a 6pm Monday exercise session involving walking, jogging and/or running at Prospect Park in Troy, followed by Saturday morning runs at 8am at Knickerbacker Park in Lansingburgh. They’re expected to complete a third workout on their own at a time during the week that is most convenient for them. Registration for the program is open. All participants receive a high-performance Troy Turkey Trot Training Challenge T-shirt. Weekly emails will outline the week’s workout plan, as well as nutritional, injury-prevention and running and stretching tips.
The Troy Turkey Trot is the nation’s 12th oldest road race, as well as the 11th largest Turkey Trot in the nation. The event, which draws 8,000 participants from 37 states and features a 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk, is designed to celebrate fitness, families and tradition against a backdrop of some of Troy's most historic neighborhoods, as well as raise funds for the Regional Food Bank of NENY and Joseph’s House and Shelter. (troyturkeytrot.com)
Brant Lake Bike Park Season Send-Off Party
BRANT LAKE – The Hub and Brant Lake Bike Park is ending their first season with a bang! Join in for a Strava race, group ride with trailside refreshments, photo/video contest, activities, prizes, and live music on Sunday, October 21 at The Hub.
The Hub is donating all proceeds to Brant Lake Bike Park for future trail development at the park and to keep it free and open to the public. Get one last ride in at BLBP, help build more trails and have a blast. Events include a Strava race at 11am; Group ride at 12pm; Warren County Mountain Biking presentation at 2:30pm; Photo/video contest judging at 4pm; and live music with Fenimore Blues from 3-6pm. The Hub is a cafe, bar, and bike shop serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with espresso and nine taps of strictly local craft beer and cider. (thehubadk.com)
Saratoga Cross Country Classic
SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Cross Country Classic 5K on Sunday, October 28 is open to ALL runners and walkers. It’s presented by USATF Adirondack, but no USATF membership is required. Race events also include a 2K and 3K Youth Development run at 9am and 9:20am respectively, the 5K XC Race at 10am, and awards ceremony at 11am.
Never run cross country before? The XC Classic is NOT a technical trail run; it’s a gentle course and novice/road runners are welcome. This is the same legendary course used by Saratoga Springs and other XC high school races. It has also been used as the USATF National 5K XC Championship multiple times, most recently in 2015. Starting in the open grass field just north of the Hall of Springs, the course winds through the beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park. The surface is a combination of grass, asphalt, macadam, gravel and dirt. The vast majority of the footing is quite even. Join in this unique and enjoyable event! (saratogaxcclassic.com)
MHCC Hosts its First Gravel Gobbler Rides
NASSAU – Grinding gravel in November for a great cause? Now that’s a winning combo! Join Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club for their inaugural Gravel Gobbler ride on Saturday, November 17. All proceeds benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. With gravel rides of 22 and 38 miles, plus a road route of 31 miles, you’re sure to find the perfect distance. Pedal through the rolling countryside around Nassau and cruise quiet roads past farms, scenic vistas and country estates.
Start and finish your ride at S&S Farm Brewery in Nassau. All rides will have a group leader and the groups will stay together and regroup frequently. Gravel ride pace is 11-13 mph and the road pace is 13-15 mph. Check-in begins at 12pm. After you finish, enjoy a craft beer and great food selections from Gourmeli’s Taste food truck. Remember to bring some extra cash for your beer and food. Registration is $25 per rider and is tax deductible. Plus S&S Farm Brewery also will also donate a portion of the day’s receipts to the food bank. (bikereg.com)