Well, this past Saturday, I participated in the 3rd Annual Hope Kitchen's Turkey Trot. There was a great crowd - I think around 120 people - but the only bad thing was the weather: cold and raining. Oh well, I ran it and enjoyed helping raise funds for this great cause.

Well, this past Saturday, I participated in the 3rd Annual Hope Kitchen's Turkey Trot. There was a great crowd - I think around 120 people - but the only bad thing was the weather: cold and raining. Oh well, I ran it and enjoyed helping raise funds for this great cause.
Tina started running these 5ks I think about two years ago. After she put two under her belt, I decided to put my running shoes back on and participate. Now, it had not been since I was in junior high school at Triway School in Stella since I ran in track. I must admit, the first couple of races were hard on my legs. But I don't quit and I finished the races, improving my time slowly.
Since running, I have ran about eight races - in fact, I also ran the Joplin Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
With these 5ks, we made the decision to always participate if it is for a worthy cause. With the Hope Kitchen Turkey Trot, the money raised helps the kitchen with operating costs.
another race that I am proud to participate in in the Joplin Memorial Run. I have ran this one twice.
Another race which I enjoyed doing was last year's Run Like a Girl 5K in Galena.
The race traveled a portion of the famous Route 66 in Galena. Tina and I kept up together during that race and even finished with the same time. I am glad that we did that. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we enjoy supporting events that will help raise money for a worthy cause.
One of the things on my bucket list was to travel some - if not all - of Route 66. I never thought that I would actually run part of it, but I am glad that I did.
As far as our next race, I have not decided, but I am glad that I have participated in the ones thus far.
So, I will get my running shoes ready, my music on Spotify ready and even my time set for the next one.





Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com.