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Davis Turkey Trot 2019 recap - A Change Of Pace

Davis Turkey Trot 2019 recap


The air was crisp and the sky was sunny as 2,500 runners and walkers, dogs, and kids converged upon Civic Center Park for the 32nd Annual Davis Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 23, 2019.

Clear skies were a pleasant sight this year – not just because it meant that it was not going to be a rainy race – but also to those who remembered just twelve months earlier, when the race had to be postponed to December due to heavy smoke from the Camp Fire in Paradise, the only time in its’ 32 year history that the event was not held on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.

Cody ran his first 10K. He’s a good boy.

The Davis Turkey Trot, which began as a 10K race, has grown to include a 5K, half marathon, and kids fun runs. A couple of years ago a 2 mile distance was introduced, and this year it was opened up to not just humans, but four-legged, tail-wagging furry friends. The 2 mile division benefited the Yolo County SPCA and their efforts to spay and neuter dogs and cats, provide foster homes and facilitate adoptions. 

Races began with the start of the 5K (3.1 miles) and Half Marathon (13.1 miles) at 8:00 a.m. Approximately 50 men and women also took part in the ‘unofficial’ 15K, which is a challenge available to those who wish to run both the 5K and 10K divisions. To do so, they must complete the 5K in under 45 minutes in order to make it back to the 10K start, which was at 8:45 a.m. 

Waddington gives the photographer a 2-thumbs up. Credit: Facchino Photography

Crossing the finish line first this year was Ryan Waddington, who was also last year’s half marathon winner. Waddington’s time in the 5K was a speedy 15:58. He went on to run the 10K race, coming in second place in that 6.2 mile competition, with a time of 32:39.  Clancy McConnell of Sonora won the men’s division of the 10K, posting a time of 31:27.27, the fastest winning time in the 10K race since 2013. McConnell has a strong performance history at the Davis Turkey Trot, having won the 10K race back in 2016 with a time of 32:54.  

The women’s 5K title was earned by Jennifer Schmidt, of Davis, who covered the 3.1 mile route in 18 minutes and 25 seconds. Schmidt, like Waddington, participated in the unofficial 15K division and won the women’s 10K race with a time of 38:46. It was the first time that a participant has won both the 5K and 10K races in the history of the Davis Turkey Trot. 

Half Marathon and 10K runners on the course. Credit: Facchino Photography

James Melkonian, also of Davis, was this year’s half marathon winner, finishing in 1:11:57.26.  It was the second fastest finish in the eight-year history of the Davis Turkey Trot half marathon division. 


The women’s half marathon was won by local runner Beth Zinkand Michel, of Davis. Only two other women have posted faster times in the half marathon division in the past. 

Then there was the 2 mile race, which saw hundreds of humans and many dogs cover the route through north Davis. From collies to golden retrievers to teacup pups in strollers, it was a paw-fect time had by all. 

The kids fun run. Credit: Facchino Photography

The morning rounded out with the running of four kids races, allowing the youngest turkeys the chance to trot. Approximately 250 kids took part, with the ‘Toddler Trot’ taking place as the last event of the morning.


The event was also the conclusion of the year-long Tour de FIT, a series of races that began in February and offered participants the chance to earn the series medal. This six-inch custom wooden medal was awarded at the Trot.

Kids finish their fun run. Credit: Facchino Photography

Professional race photographs are available online here, and complete race results here

The next Turkey Trot will take place on the Saturday prior to the Thanksgiving, which in 2020 falls on November 21st.




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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.