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Davis Turkey Trot: Race Weekend Guide - A Change Of Pace

Davis Turkey Trot: Race Weekend Guide

We’re just a few days away from this year’s Davis Turkey Trot! Race day is this Saturday, November 18.
We look forward to including you in this year’s event.

GENERAL RACE INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

Race day is this Saturday, November 18 – rain or shine. All events are held at Civic Center Park, located in Davis on B Street between 6th and 7th Streets.
Park Address for GPS: https://maps.app.goo.gl/5WehsTK1H9RUhdc6A

1. PACKET PICK UP

Pre-Race Packet Pick Up
Friday, November 17
2-6 pm, at the Race Venue: Civic Center Park

• You may pick up for friends – you just need to know their first and last name
• ID is not needed, but if you bring your QR code from your registration confirmation it will help speed up the process
• All pre-registration volunteers will assign your bib number to you upon check in – you may go to any pre-registration line to check in
• We cannot accommodate pick ups outside this time frame as this is when we have our volunteers scheduled to help
• On-site registration will be available and we will accept cash or credit/debit, however, we encourage you to register online
• You may want to bring a reusable bag if you will be picking up a large number of t-shirts

Race morning (11/18) pick up is available for all events, starting at 6:30 am, at Civic Center Park.

• If picking up race day, please arrive a minimum of 60-75 prior to your race start to pick up your bib.
• On-site registration on computers will be available starting at 6:30 a.m. and cash and debit/credit will be accepted. You can also register online through race morning, which is suggested.
• Race morning registration will be located on the cement basketball court on the north end of the park, adjacent to MLK School.

Note: Packets are not mailed for no-shows and t-shirts will not be held. Virtual entrants’ packets will be mailed next week.

 

2. CHANGES TO YOUR RACE ENTRY

• IF YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR RACE DISTANCE, please email us by Friday at 3pm acopfoundation@gmail.com to request the change. Please do not wait until race day if possible.
• If you do need to make a change on race day, head to the Problems & Solutions line.
• You must participate in the distance for which you are registered. Unfortunately, you may not receive a finish time if you participate in a different distance.
• The deadline to change to the virtual division in the case of illness or injury is 8:00 pm on November 17th. Submit all requests to the above email prior to this time, please.
• If you previously entered the dog or stroller division, and your plans have changed and you will now not have a dog, or child in a stroller, with you: please be sure to let us know. Otherwise, you will be automatically ranked and scored in that category and this could affect the ranking and placement of others. Email changes to acopfoundation@gmail.com or head to Problems & Solutions at Packet Pick Up.

3. START TIMES & THE STARTING AREA

All races take place on Saturday morning, November 18, 2023

Start times are as follows: 

7:50 a.m. – Half Marathon
8:05 a.m. – 5K
8:25 a.m. – 2 Mile
9:00 a.m. – 10K
10:45 a.m. – Kids Events (see below)

• The 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and 2 Mile all start just before the corner of 6th and C Streets (one block from the park). They finish at a mutual finish line located on B Street between 6th and 7th.
 No early or late starts.
You must start at the correct time for your distance. That is, 10K runners may not start early with the 5K, 5K runners may not start late with the 10K, etc. The reason for this is safety: courses will be set up, roads closed, volunteers in place and safe for the division we are currently starting and only when we are starting it. Please refer to start times above. Please do not attempt to start ten minutes late.
• All strollers, walkers and humans with four-legged furry friends should line up at the back of the pack.

No Need to Crowd the Start Line
• Your time does not start until you cross the start mats. It is unnecessary to be at the very front unless you are planning on being one of the top three overall winners of the race.  Please spread out and take your time.

Line Up By Anticipated Pace
Pace signs will be present at the start line. Only runners planning to run a consistent sub 6:00 mile should be at the front. Behind that, runners of a 6 minute per mile to 7 minute per mile pace, and so on. Your time does not start until you cross the starting mats, so there is no need to crowd the start. The reason for lining up by pace is safety: we want everyone starting to take off at the approximate same pace. Slower participants being passed by faster ones creates a weaving situation that can be a safety issue for tripping. ALL walkers must start at the back.

Strollers 
Strollers in all distances must start towards the back behind the 10:00/mile pace sign, and it is not recommended that you run with a stroller if you would like to run a sub 8:00 pace.  This will create a lot of weaving which is not safe for you and your child or for others around you.

Dogs in the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon

All participants with dogs in the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon must line up towards the back for the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon – NO dogs whatsoever in the 100 feet of the starting lineup. No exceptions.

Please do not bring any dogs that are uncomfortable in crowds, around loud noises, or other dogs. This includes jumping, excessive barking, etc. Do not let your leashes extend all the way out during the race but ESPECIALLY at the start line.

Lastly, we suggest you bring a portable water bowl so that you can ensure your dog stays hydrated.You must also clean up after your pet and put the baggies in a trash can. It should not have to be said, however, it needs to be said: is not acceptable to leave poop bags int he street or on nearby residents’ lawns or property. Please find a trash can for all poop bags.

Dogs in the 2 Mile “Dog Jog”

We want this to be a positive event for all, and most importantly safe.  NEW FOR 2023: At the start of the 2 Mile, we will be splitting the roadway with caution tape and delineators, with humans on the left and humans and dogs on the right. Please abide by this to help us ensure the start is as safe as possible. See graphic to the right.

Additional Safety Notes: 
(1) Please do not let your leashes extend all the way out during the race but ESPECIALLY at the start line.
(2) Be thoughtful and conscientious of others around you, especially at the start
(3) Do not bring dogs that are uncomfortable in crowds, around loud noises, or other dogs. This includes jumping, excessive barking, etc. Dogs who may get too excited and jump need to remain at home. It is more important that this event is safe for both you and everyone around you.

Hydrating pups:
We suggest you bring a portable water bowl so that you can ensure your dog stays hydrated. We do not have dog water stations available.

Clean Up:
Of course, you must also clean up after your pet and put the baggies in a trash can. It should not have to be said, however, it needs to be said: is not acceptable to leave poop bags in the street or on nearby residents’ lawns or property. Find a trash can please.

Kids Events, Starting Location, and Heats

• The kids events start at the same starting line as the other races, and finish at the corner of B Street at 6th Street.

• The kids events will be held starting at 10:45 a.m. in this order:

— Adaptive Kids Event: Ages 18 and Under
— One Mile: Heat 1: Ages 10-12
— One Mile: Heat 2: Ages 8-9
— One Mile: Heat 3: Ages 5-7
— Half Mile: Heat 1: Ages 7-12
— Half Mile: Heat 2: Ages 4-6
— Quarter Mile: One Heat, All ages (3-12)
— Toddler Trot: One Heat, Ages 5 and Under

• The 1 Mile is a double loop course and kids will receive a lei at the end of the first loop to track their lap.
ONE parent/caregiver may accompany each child in the half, quarter mile and toddler trot; please do not line up at the very front if you choose to do this.
• The Kids events all have brand new courses this year and will start and finish on B Street: These are NOT the same courses we have used in the past.

4. BIBS AND REGISTRATION

• All human participants on the race course, except children in strollers, must be registered and wearing a bib on the front of their body.
• Bib numbers are color coded specific to the division for which you are registered.
• If you need to change divisions due to an injury, change in preference, etc, we would be happy to accommodate you. We can do so by email through Friday at 6pm. After this time, we can make the adjustments at problem registration when you pick up your bib. Proceed directly to the Problems & Solutions line if this scenario represents you.
• You must start at the correct time for your division. That is, 10k runners may not start early with the 5k, 5k runners may not start late with the 10k, etc. The reason for this is safety: courses will be set up, roads closed, volunteers in place and safe for the division we are currently starting. Please refer to start times above. Your start time will also be printed on the label on your bib.
• Your bib should be worn on the front of your body on the outermost layer of clothing. This allows course monitors to see your division based on the color of your bib and direct you appropriately. It is also necessary for timers and photography. Please do not wear your bib on your back or underneath clothing and ensure a sweatshirt does not become tied over it.
• Two timing chips will be located on the back of your bib (except for kids events entries – these events are non competitive and not timed). Please ensure your bib is not covered so that your timing chips can work correctly.
• Bikes, scooters, roller blades, trikes, hula hoops, jump ropes and skateboards are not permitted on the race course.  Wagons for dogs are permitted in the 2 mile only.

VIRTUAL ENTRANTS

• Your packets (bib/shirt if selected and medal) will be mailed to you on November 22nd via USPS. You do not need to pick up anything.

‘I’M RACING FOR’ BIBS

• Cancer Champions is providing “I’m Racing For” bibs which will be available to any participant in the event who would like to wear one and recognize someone they are participating in honor of – for any reason. Pick these up either at Packet Pick Up at the Cancer Champions booth, or on race morning at their booth.

CANCER CHAMPIONS CANCER SURVIVOR DIVISION

• Entrants in this special division are invited to the Cancer Survivor hospitality tent, where you can enjoy some healthy snacks, rest and mingle before and after your event.
• The Survivor bibs will also be available for pick up at this booth.

DOG DIVISION AND STROLLER DIVISION ENTRANTS

• If you previously entered the dog or stroller division, and your plans have changed and you will now not have a dog, or child in a stroller, with you: please be sure to let us know. Otherwise, you will be automatically ranked and scored in that category and this could affect the ranking and placement of others. Email changes to acopfoundation@gmail.com or head to Problems & Solutions at Packet Pick Up.

5. COURSE

• Course maps for all events are located here.
• Half Marathoners: Due to forecast rain this week, we have modified the course to eliminate the unpaved dirt trail along the slough. As a result, you will travel along the northernmost greenbelt section twice. This new course is USATF certified. View the course map online here.

• Please view maps prior to event day and make note of the important turns for your division.
• Water stations are located approximately every two miles on the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon and will offer water and fluid replacement.
• Half Marathon water stations are at approx. every two miles. We will not have nutrition supplements; please carry your own if it is part of your training.
• Half Marathon: portable bathrooms will be located at the water stations at miles 4/8.25, mile 6. At mile 11 and 12.5 you will pass by a permanent bathroom.
• Half Marathon pacers, organized by GVH and Morningstar running clubs, will be available from 1:40 to 3:00 goal finish times. Find them at the start or along the route by the pace signs they will be carrying.
• Please carry your own water if you feel you will need fluids more frequently than we offer them.
• If you are running/walking with a dog, please: clean up after him/her, use a short, non retractable leash, and start towards the back (behind all humans without dogs). Remember, your time does not start until you cross the start mats, so no rush to be in the front.
• As a reminder, please only bring dogs to this event who are comfortable and calm in large crowds or around other dogs.
• The cut off for course support for the Half Marathon is 3 hours 45 minutes. If you are on the course after this time and choose to continue, please obey all traffic lights, use the sidewalk, and watch for vehicles. The finish line will be open for finishers until 12:00 Noon.

6. PARKING / DIRECTIONS

• Parking on Saturday is available: on Downtown side streets and at Davis High School (14th/B St) which is a 7 block walk to the race. Two hour enforcement is not in effect on race morning until noon. Allow yourself extra time for parking on race morning. You will likely have a brisk walk/run warm up from your vehicle to the race site – do not anticipate being able to park a block from the event.
• Please be mindful of nearby residents. Do not walk in their yards near the start line and do not block driveways with vehicles.
• Farmer’s Market is also taking place at nearby Central Park until 1pm and downtown spaces will be limited.
• Please note that B Street will be closed from 5th to 7th, and 6th Street will be closed from B to C Streets.
• The City of Davis lot adjacent to Civic Pool and the City offices will be CLOSED due to this being part of the Kids Courses and only available for ADA parking. For those with disabled parking placards, please enter off A Street (B Street will be closed).

Once the races start at 8am, B Street will be closed from 5th to 14th, and 6th Street will have intermittent full closures for each start. Please plan your google maps approach and parking plans accordingly.

7. HALF MARATHON PREPARATION

In preparation for your half marathon, it is important to fuel your body in with the event in mind. We have a half marathon nutrition guide available for you on our website here. It was created by Jen Miramontes, founder of Cancer Champions. Jen has run 80 marathons, dozens of half marathons, and has been a competitive runner for most of her life.

The meals listed here are great for anyone – so check them out!

8. RESULTS, MEDALS, AND AWARDS

• Results will be posted during the event online here.
• Or: visit results.changeofpace.com in your phone’s browser and select the Davis Turkey Trot.

• Award Medal pick up will be located on the field. Check race results on your phone (scan QR code on your bib) before you leave to see if you have won a prize. Unclaimed awards are not mailed.
• Overall winners in the 5K, 10K, Half and 2 mile (male, female and nonbinary) will be presented with an award. Overall awards will be determined by gun time.
• The top three genders in each age division for the 5K, 10K, Half and 2 mile will be presented with a medal. Age group and special division awards will be determined by net time.
• The top 3 finishers by gender in each special division within each event will receive a medal.
• Our Top Dog awards will be presented to the top 5 dogs in the Small Dog, Medium Dog, Large Dog and XL Dog categories in the 2 Mile Dog Division. In the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon, top dog medals are presented to the top 3 dogs per distance.

Please Note:  Award medals are not mailed. Please pick your medal up on race day.

9. PARTICIPATION MEDALS FOR KIDS FUN RUN

• All registered finishers in a kids event will receive a kid-oriented soft rubber medal.

10. POST-RACE REFRESHMENTS & ACTIVITIES

• We will have pancakes, fruit, water and other refreshments available. Check out our vendor booths – many will have samples or games to play!
• Half Marathoners are offered a lunch – show your bib to receive yours at the Half Marathon lunch tent.
 Vintage T-shirts will be available next to the Cancer Champions tent for 12 for $8, or 3 for $5. Cash, credit, venmo or paypal accepted.

11. SWEATS CHECK

• A sweat/gear check will be available on the field for you to leave your warmer layers during your run/walk. Please do not leave valuables. 

12. WEATHER

• The event happens rain or shine. We encourage you to wear layers.

13. OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

• Photos from the event will be available online approximately five days after the race. View your pictures at: https://facchinophotography.zenfolio.com/f891652293

FOR MORE INFO:

• More Information on the event: link here to our website

• Register today: link here

• Follow us on Facebook: ACOP page | Davis Turkey Trot page 
The Turkey Trot Facebook page will contain all race updates, reminders, video, photo, etc.

• Find us on Instagram here

• Questions? Email us

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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.