In Greater Cincinnati, OH, Thanksgiving is more than just turkey and football; the annual Thanksgiving Day 10K Walk & Run has also become part of the holiday. As the 8th largest race in the United States, there are a lot of small details that are critical to the success of the race. Elements such as ordering enough toilet paper for the port-o-potties to ordering the pins that hold on the racers’ numbers need to be done. That’s where race director, Julie Isphording comes in! Every year since 2002, Julie orders 100,000 safety pins from Banasch’s, Inc. That’s a big order!
Julie ran in the first women’s Olympic Marathon and has been a long time race promoter. “For some reason, in Cincinnati, Thanksgiving tradition involves putting on a minimum amount of clothing, going outside in any kind of weather and then running about six miles – and no one questions it,” says Julie.
If you are a Cincinnati native, then you already have an idea of what this race means. If you are from out of town and happen to find yourself in Cincinnati this November, consider being a part of the tradition! Check out their website to lean more about the rich history of the race and how you can participate.