In this month’s issue Sherri Ellerby reports on the November club race and Amy Katz shares some festive holiday sweet treats.

OC/Irvine Turkey Trot 5K By Sherri Ellerby

I was very excited to participate in our club’s November race. It was my first time entering a non-virtual paid race since my triathlon in early March of this pandemic year. 

It was disappointing to learn it had been moved to a more challenging course, utilizing the Aliso Creek bike trail instead of the fast and flat route around Irvine Valley College that was originally planned. But I didn’t want to do another virtual race, so I went with the flow and showed up on the cold morning, with some race nerves kicking in – a feeling I so miss! 

It felt just like a race seeing a registration table and volunteers milling about, preparing the event. Waiting in line to pick up my bib number. Pinning on a bib number! Seeing a few SCRR friends arrive. And it was a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. I haven’t done one of those in years! Some of my favorite things.

The course was a very familiar one. A Snail’s Pace Running club used to run here on their Wednesday night group runs. It was also the “scene of the crime” where I broke a metatarsal in my foot years ago on one of those ASP club runs. 

The short hills still felt challenging while pushing a 5K race effort. I so miss running in a pack with hundreds of people around me, but the out and back course with staggered starts still meant I could see other runners and pass some of them. The loud footsteps of Mike Connors behind me and eventually passing me made it an even more fun competition.

The race organizers did a great job making this a safe event. Everyone was following the requirement of wearing a mask while walking around the start and finish area. I was also impressed that runners and volunteers were really making an effort to spread out and not stand close together. 

Since groups of 10-15 runners signed up for a particular start time, there never was a large gathering of people in Sycamore Park at the end of Charlinda Drive in Mission Viejo. This is what I witnessed during my 2-hour window that I was there for my 7:00 am start time.

All in all, I was so grateful for being able to run and race on Thanksgiving morning. They even had race results posted online within 24 hours of the race. 

Joel Whitson was 3rd overall in the race, followed by 4th overall Mike Connors. Two SCRR ladies were in the top 3 females overall! I was 2nd and Amy Dayao was 3rd overall. The OC/Irvine Turkey Trot 5K was well-organized and had friendly volunteers.

Holiday Sweet Treats By Amy Katz

If you’re looking to do some holiday baking and candy making, these easy well-tested recipes are for you. Enjoy them with your family or pack them in Christmas tins and share them with friends.

Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies are buttery shortbread cookies that are rolled in powdered sugar. They’re a festive and easy cookie recipe that is perfect for the holidays.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cranberries & Rosemary

Chocolate Chip Cookies made festive with the addition of dried cranberries and rosemary! Soft, sweet, chewy, with a lovely subtle woodsy, herbal fragrance. Santa will thank you if you leave him a few of these with his glass of plant milk on Christmas Eve! 

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cranberries & Rosemary

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Crispy on the outside and perfectly chewy on the inside these Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies are sure to be a holiday favorite!

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

More cookie recipes

Cream Cheese Peppermint Patties

Cream Cheese Peppermint Patties are sure to be your go to no-bake dessert of the holiday season!  You’re just 5 ingredients and 30 minutes away from a delicious treat.

Cream Cheese Peppermint Patties

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark is one of the best homemade edible gift ideas to give family and friends this holiday. It’s quick and easy to make and all you need is just three simple ingredients.

Peppermint Bark

Chocolate Pretzel Reindeer

Salty sweet Chocolate Pretzel Reindeer will bring smiles and fun to your holidays! a fun kid friendly holiday craft for your cookie gift trays!

Chocolate Pretzel Reindeer

Never Fail Fudge

This Never Fail Fudge will take you right back to the Christmases of your childhood. Rich, chocolatey, and decadent, it will be hard to stop at just one piece!

Never Fail Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

3-ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge is the best of all worlds. This old fashioned candy is so creamy it almost melts in your mouth. 

Peanut Butter Fudge

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Treasurer’s Report By Victor Gambone

Total Cash Balance, Beginning  November 1, 20204,050.36
Cash Inflows: $200.00 membership, $40.00 merchandise240.00
Cash Outflows-First Thursday
Cash Outflows-RRCA Insurance
Cash Outflows-Banquet
Cash Outflows-Uniforms + Caps/Visors
Cash Outflows-Social Gatherings
Cash Outflows-Other: $6.70 PayPal fees, $4.00 City of Irvine10.70
Net Change in Cash   229.30
Total Cash Balance, Ending November 30, 20204,279.66

10% Discount at A Snail's Pace Running Shop

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