Turkey Trot Predict

Sat November 21, 2020 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 US
Events

5K

10:00AM MST - 12:00PM MST

5K Virtual

10:00AM MST - 12:00PM MST
Description

This is a prediction run with a staggered start format.

Because of COVID-19, please wear a mask before you start and after you finish.  Use your own discretion for wearing a mask during the run itself.

When you register, you predict your finish time for the 5K course. The clock is set to the highest predicted finish time of all the runners and set to count down. As the clock reaches the prediction time of each runner, that runner starts running.

With this format, the slower runners start first, followed by the middle of the pack runners, and then finally the fast runners. If everybody predicts their time perfectly, they will finish at the same moment.

Of course, that never happens, as some runners are overly optimistic with their prediction, while others are overly conservative. Once the last runner starts, i.e., the one with the fastest predicted time, the clock is covered.

Thus runners cannot see the time on the clock when they are approaching the finish line, and therefore, don't know if they should speed up or slow down before the finish line.  This creates a very unique racing strategy.  If you find yourself alone along the course in the latter portions of the race, it means your prediction was way off.  If you find yourself among a mass of runners finishing close to one another at the finish, it means you've predicted well.

Runners are not allowed to wear watches or have ipods, walkmans, etc.

Note that the clock will be set so that it reads 50 minutes, and is counting down, at 10:00 AM.  Thus if you predict more than 50 minutes, you will start prior to 10:00 AM.  If you predict 40 minutes, you'll start at 10:10 AM; if you predict 30 minutes, you'll start at 10:20 AM, etc.

NO ANIMALS, NO BABY JOGGERS/STROLLERS, NO EARBUDS/HEADPHONES, NO BIKES/TRIKES
PLEASE RESPECT THE SAFETY OF ALL.

Capacity Limits

The 2020 Turkey Trot Predict is limited to 100 entries due to COVID-19 capacity limits in El Paso County. There is a virtual option with no limits on capacity.  Please pre-register via RunSignup for the virtual option so that we have your prediction time before you do your run.

COVID-19 Compliant Social Contract
  • Social distance of 6’
  • Face coverings required until runner crosses the start line. Runners put the face covering back on as they cross the finish line.
  • Must be “healthy” to attend (follow government guidelines for outdoor event)
  • Guests should not be invited to the start/ finish, but choose an alternative meeting spot
  • Runners bring their own pre-race and during-race hydration/nutrition.
  • Runners must agree to the social contract when registering
Public Health Guidelines

City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Public Health Guidelines

In all instances, the following public health guidelines should be followed:

  • Do not use parks, trails and open spaces if you are exhibiting symptoms. If you or your children are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to stay home when sick.

  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails. Bring hand sanitizer with you to clean your hands if soap and water are not available.

  • Users may find public restrooms closed. Be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.

  • Bring water or drinks. Public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.

  • While on trails, warn other users of your presence before you pass, and step aside to let others pass. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.

  • Observe the minimum recommended physical social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space. Practice it and know what it looks like.

  • Do not gather in groups of more than 10 or engage in any activity where you cannot maintain at lest 6 feet from other people. This includes activities involving physical contact or sharing equipment.

  • Do not touch any surfaces that are likely to be touched by other people. Staff is applying extra disinfectant weekly to playground equipment, but the safest thing is to refrain from touching these surfaces. That said, we also understand that outdoor play is important for children especially at times like this. So, if you take your kids to a playground, consider wiping down equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use. Of course, kids should also clean their hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer.

  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trace, take everything out to protect park workers.
How Does It Work?

How does it work? At registration you will give us your predicted finish time.  The clock will be counting down.  When the clock reaches your predicted finish time, you start running.  Thus the slower runners will start first, followed by the middle of the pack runners, followed by the speedsters.  If everybody predicts their finish time perfectly, they'll all finish at the same time.  But that won't happen.  Once all runners have started, the clock is covered.

Thus runners cannot see the time on the clock when they are approching the finish line, and therefore, don't know if they should speed up or slow down before the finish line. This creates a very unique racing strategy. If you find yourself alone along the course in the latter portions of the race, it means your prediction was way off. If you find yourself amongst a mass of runners finishing close to one another at the finish, it means you've predicted well.

Runners are not allowed to wear watches or have ipods or other forms of music.  That is, runners are not allowed to have any device that allows them to determine how much time has elapsed since they started.

The countdown clock will be set such that it reads 50 minutes at 10:00 AM.  Thus runners with a prediction time more than 50 minutes will start running prior to 10:00 AM.  Runners with a prediction time of 40 minutes will start at 10:10 AM; runners with a prediction time of 30 minutes will start at 10:20 AM, etc.

 

Registration Fees

Online:
Free - PPRR/SCR members (member discount will be applied during checkout)
$5 - Non-PPRR/SCR member (plus $2 RunSignUp fee)

Online registration is open until 6:00 AM on race morning.

Virtual Option: Free (please pre-register so that we have your prediction time ahead of time.)

Awards

A turkey is given to the 6 runners closest to their predicted finish time.  A cornish hen is given to the runner that is the furthest from their predicted finish time.

Membership Discount

This race is free for Pikes Peak Road Runner and Southern Colorado Runner members.  The membership discount will be applied during checkout.

For the registration process to recognize that you are a Pikes Peak Road Runners member, if you have not already claimed your PPRR membership within RunSignUp, you first need to go to the Club page for the Pikes Peak Road Runners and claim you membership.  This is done as follows.

  1. Go to: https://runsignup.com/Club/CO/ColoradoSprings/PikesPeakRoadRunners
  2. (For Southern Colorado Runner members, go to: https://runsignup.com/Club/CO/Pueblo/SouthernColoradoRunnersTriathlonClub)
  3.  
  4. In the left column of buttons, click on "Members".
  5. Search for your name.
  6. Click on "Is this you?"
  7. An e-mail will be sent to the E-mail address of this user, which contains a link with instructions to complete the process.

 

Once your membership has been claimed within the RunSignUp system, you will then have an account with RunSignUp.  If you have a family membership, you can then add family members that live in your household.  Those family members will also be able to apply the membership discount.

When you register for an event that offers discounts to PPRR members, on one of the first Registrant screens, you'll see a "Have An Account?" message followed by a SIGN IN button.  Click on the SIGN IN button and sign in using your RunSignUp account information.  That will allow RunSignUp to recognize that you are a PPRR member, and the member discount will be applied.

Place
Memorial Park
Colorado Springs, CO US 80903
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.pprrun.org/events/TurkeyTrot.

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