Strava TC athletes enjoyed Thanksgiving success from coast to coast, turkey trotting to good times and several victories in five states.
Before the sun was up in the Bay Area, Marco Bertolotti and Kaitlin Gregg Goodman notched victories in two five mile races. Bertolotti took home his second road race victory in three weeks, winning the Port Washington (New York) Turkey Trot, while Gregg Goodman earned a pie and more for her course record effort at the Newport, Rhode Island Pie Run.
In the midwest, Elle Pishny and Justus Meyer took on all comers in the Sprint Turkey Trot 5K in Overland Park, Kansas, with Pishny earning the win and Meyer taking home a top 10 spot in ninth. Meanwhile, in Durango, Colorado, Maggie Yount won the Durango Turkey Trot 5 miler, running close to 29 minutes at 7000 feet altitude. Sam Yount also competed well, earning 5th in the same event.
Down in southern California, Annie Beck graced the roads for the first time this fall, putting together a solid sub-17 effort to win her hometown Dana Point Turkey Trot 5K. Closer to San Diego, Matt Lenehan also won the Encinitas Turkey Trot.
On home turf in the Bay Area, the team had several strong results on the roads during Thanksgiving morning. The 11th Annual Applied Materials Turkey Trot again featured strong fields with several national class and international athletes on the start list and PAUSATF points on the line in that division of the competition. Strava TC's performances were led by matching 10th place performances by Justin Marpole-Bird (14:07, club best) and Ayla Granados (16:13). Both marks represented significant personal bests over the 5K distance. Also competing well for the men were Matt Jablonski with a personal road best of 14:47, as well as top 50 performances by Billy Mateker, Ben Mears, and Scott Himmelberger. Just behind them was Brent Varga in 51st. For the women, Kris Paaso easily took home masters honors in the elite division with a strong 17:15 run and Lauren Schultz finished only a few seconds off her road PR in her third race in 11 days. Melinda DiNapoli was a strong top 5 finisher in the open 5K, easily winning the masters division.
Finally, up the peninsula, April Montgomery enjoyed a return to competition after nearly a year, winning the Gobble Wobble 5K in Burlingame.
Results links to come.