Turkey Trot brings holiday cheer to McMurdo Station
Posted December 10, 2021
More than 90 Antarcticans participated in this year’s Turkey Trot, an annual 5K race that takes place on Thanksgiving at McMurdo Station.
The Turkey Trot, which has been going on since at least 1995, is a way for McMurdo residents to celebrate the holiday, release energy, and just have fun. Many participants dress in costume, and those who don’t run or bike the race stand by the sidelines to cheer on their friends and colleagues.
At this year’s race, which took place on November 26, cheers such as “You’re running! In Antarctica!” “You got this!” and “All downhill from here!” could be heard. Participants were urged on with inspirational music from movies like “Rocky,” “Chariots of Fire,” and the “Indiana Jones” franchise.
The race started and ended at McMurdo’s chapel, winding past the power plant, Albert P. Crary Laboratory, and up Scott Base Road before turning around and heading back into town.
The weather was still fairly brisk and blustery, but participants persevered and spirits were high. Costumes included a trumpet-playing dinosaur, a blessing (official term) of narwhals who celebrated together at the finish line, and a ‘biker gang’ of assorted creatures on wheels. The McMurdo love of whimsy, community life and outdoor activities came together for a Thanksgiving explosion of color and fun.