Citing a desire to beat her time from last year, area mom Andrea Telmer has reportedly readied her Skechers Shape-Ups in advance of the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.
The charity 5K, which traces a path through Telmer’s neighborhood in Eastern New Jersey, is set to begin at 9 a.m. on the day of Thanksgiving. Race organizers have suggested layering up and “bringing the kids along for hot cider and donuts at the finish line” according to promotional posters.
Telmer, whose Shape-Ups have been used for several miles on the YMCA treadmill in the weeks prior, hopes they will hold up until she has finished the race.
“I’ve got my Shape-Ups all broken in and my water bottles prepped,” stated an excited Telmer. “All that’s left to do is lay out my Turkey Trot sweatshirt from last year, set my alarm, and pray that Debbie Wein knows not to show up at the starting line.”
According to Jeffrey Telmer, Andrea’s husband and training coach, Andrea has a good chance of winning one of the free pumpkin pies at the end of the course.
“We’ve been training in suboptimal conditions, and we’ve done some recon on potential competition. Usually it’s the junior high principal who dresses in a Turkey costume but he’s out from knee surgery this year,” commented Telmer’s husband. “The conditions might be a little slippery out there in the early morning too, luckily her Shape-Ups have the right amount of grip to pull her through those 3.1 miles.”
“They are comfortable for everyday, and give you a little boost while you work out,” said Telmer of her sneaker of choice since their release in the early 2000s. “I wouldn’t dare trot the Cherry Hill Turkey Day 5K in anything else.”
At press time, Telmer was ordering fingerless gloves ahead of the run.