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Davis Turkey Trot 2018 recap - A Change Of Pace

Davis Turkey Trot 2018 recap

The Davis Turkey Trot took place in December this year – a result of the hazardous air created from smoke and the Camp Fire in Paradise. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, November 17, 2018, but thick smoke blanketing the Sacramento Valley forced a postponement. When runners and walkers finally did hit the streets, three weeks later on December 8th, the skies were blue and the air was clear.

Several events were offered: a 2 Mile, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and kids fun runs. Runners could also opt to run both the 5K and 10K and complete the ‘unofficial 15K.’

Proceeds from the event benefited area non profit groups, sports teams, youth organizations, and the Yolo Food Bank.


Official Results are posted online here: http://acop.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16356&RId=6054 

Age Group Awards

Age group awards were presented to the top three men and women in each the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon age groups. Awards were also awarded to the top three overall men and women in the 2 mile, 5K, 10K and Half Marathon.

If you placed in the top three (male/female) in your age group and did not pick up your medal on race day, they are available at Fleet Feet Davis through January 10th for pick up.

Official Photography

Race photos from this years event can be viewed online here: https://facchinophotography.zenfolio.com/f107355094

New Half Marathon Course Record set

Ryan Waddington (pictured to the right) spent Friday afternoon talking with runners and walkers while volunteering at the Davis Turkey Trot packet pick up at Fleet Feet. He’s newly relocated to Davis, CA from Australia and decided to give the half marathon a try.

Less than twelve hours later, his name appeared first overall. Wouldn’t you know it – he had not only won the race but also set a new course record. The new men’s half marathon course record now stands at 1:10:33 (previous record was 1:14:28).

After stopping by the timing tent, we learned Ryan was a professional triathlete. Best of luck in your future running and triathlon endeavors while in the USA, Ryan! Thanks for joining us.

For a list of all Davis Turkey Trot course records, please visit: https://changeofpace.com/event/davis-turkey-trot-2/#Past-Results.

A Tradition Continues

For some, Saturday may have been your inaugural Davis Turkey Trot experience. For others, maybe this year’s event was part of a longstanding tradition.

I had the pleasure of speaking with a participant at Packet Pick Up on Friday whose family has participated in every single Davis Turkey Trot for the last twenty years. Quite a feat! Since their eldest child was born and rode in a stroller, to years of the Turkey Tot fun runs, to the kids growing up and being able to complete the 5K on their own, she told me how every year is a different memory, a tradition in their household.  One year even included completing the 5K with an injured foot and in a boot!

I was glad that the change in date hadn’t hindered their tradition and ability to participate this year, and we are honored to provide a venue that enables the creation of these kind of family traditions.

Thank you to the Golden Valley Harriers

The Golden Valley Harriers are a running club based here in Davis, and for many years now, have assisted us on our half marathon events by providing pace group leaders.

We are so thankful for this support you provide for our half marathon entrants. Three cheers!

Thank you to our Davis Turkey Trot volunteers, sponsors and partners

A very special thanks to our ongoing supporters Greiner Heating/Air and Solar, Thriving Pink, FIT House of Davis, Fleet Feet Sports and our new sponsor, Super Owl Brewing. We hope that you had a moment to enjoy some pink pancakes from Thriving Pink!

And this year, we were pleased to have welcomed the Yolo Food Bank, who continues to support the greater Yolo County region.

Thank you to everyone who brought non perishable food to contribute to the food drive on race day.

Video of the 5K and 2 Mile Race Start

Watch the runners and walkers as they take off on their race below:

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Maya Miramontes

Volunteer and Site Coordinator

Maya participated in her first A Change of Pace event at the age of 3 months. From there she followed her siblings in participating in a multitude of events from runs to kids’ triathlons. While growing up with parents who ran a sports marketing firm, she had no choice but to attend most events her entire youth life. Now as an adult, she has returned (by her own choice) and now serves as the volunteer and site coordinator. In addition, she has also been instrumental in the 2024 design and transitioning of our new website. We are fortunate to have her tackle one of the more critical areas that are considered the backbone of any event, volunteers. Maya resides in Davis and In her spare time she spends time as a dog trainer while simultaneously assisting other local nonprofit organizations such as the Yolo County SPCA and Cancer Champions.

Alec Miramontes

Event Oversight and Volunteer Management

Alec, a graduate of the University of Oregon, oversees course and volunteer management on event day. He also helps coordinate infrastructure set up and tear down, equipment management and assists with race timing.

Dave Miramontes

Executive Director

Dave brings an impressive 36 years of event production, marketing, advertising, and graphic design experience to the team. Dave has not only been a decorated athlete, but he also understands how good teamwork can lead to a successful outcome. Having 4 active kids has allowed him to stay involved in youth sports as well as being active within the community. As the Executive Director of A Change of Pace, he still enjoys his role as the logistics coordinator for all Foundation and outside client events. In addition, he oversees course design & safety, city & police relations, graphic design, advertising, marketing, and creative concepts. Dave resides in Davis with his wife Jen and has 4 very cool kids, all of which has worked at A Change of Pace at one point or another.

Jeannine Henderson

Treasurer, Assistant Race Director & Head Timer

Jeannine not only oversees the day-to-day operations; she handles one of the most critical elements within the organization; the registration and timing department. Aside from overseeing the computerized timing department and client/participant relations, she handles our social media and website changes and medal/award design. Her guidance and organizational skills have become a huge value to the organization as she provides much of the input on special projects such as the Tour De Fit.

Jennifer Miramontes

Board Member

Jennifer has over twenty years of experience in the marketing field, including positions as the Marketing Director for Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants and Real Mex restaurants. Jennifer also has extensive experience developing community programs geared towards children, having served on the Board of Directors for the Davis Schools Foundation as well as the Patwin PTA. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Pepperdine University, and is also a certified personal trainer. A runner herself, Jennifer has completed numerous triathlons and over 50 marathons, including top age-group finishes in high profile events such as the Boston Marathon and the Rock N Roll Marathon. Jennifer owns FIT House in Davis and enjoys inspiring her clients to reach their fitness goals.