PMCU O'side Turkey Trot celebrates its 10th year in beautiful style

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Thanksgiving 2015 was a glorious day for Old Glory, which was carried over the iconic Oceanside Pier in the Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot. The run on the Pier became a happening in itself for the 10K with many of the 3,000 participants smiling and waving. Some, like the trio above right, were so moved by the beauty of waves and clouds that they stopped for pictures. The fastest of them all across the Pier and the 6.2-mile course was Nick Kramer, who, by winning, also set the course record of 32:51 in the first year for the distance. Another 7,000+ ran the 5K and Kids races. (Photos by Tom Coat, Coat Publications)

Couple dominates first 10K;

Kloos captures fifth 5K title

OCEANSIDE, CA, Nov. 26, 2015 - Just before the start of the 10th annual Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot in downtown Oceanside, Nick Kramer and his girl friend Lenore Moreno searched for a way to get into the starting area. It's a good thing they found spots at the front.


Kramer literally ran away with the 10K race, finishing the 6.2-mile distance in 32 minutes, 51 seconds. Because this was the first time the distance was held as part of the Turkey Trot, he also became the course record holder.


"That's neat the way that worked out," he said. "I thought the course was fun and fairly fast, with just a couple of tough turns. Running on the Pier was awesome. It's iconic and it's beautiful."


Kramer did not have long to wait for Moreno. In fact, she finished third overall, claiming the first women's title - and the female course record - in 34:51. She was more than three-and-a-half minutes faster than women's runner-up Christine Taranto. Only a second-place effort of 33:51 by Nic Caruso prevented Kramer and Moreno from finishing 1-2 overall.


"Nick is actually my coach and boy friend," said Moreno, who is from West Covina. "I came down to visit him, spend the holiday together, and so we thought what better than to run this race.


"I was surprised I did this well," Moreno added. "I didn't expect to run this time, but I think the course, the spectators and everyone helping out made it even better for me."


While 3,000 ran in the first-year 10K, the 5K attracted a larger gathering of 7,000. And, at the front of the pack was a familiar - and beloved - name in Oceanside running.


Tom Kloos, now a Bay Area running fixture, ran away from his competition to win in 15:10. A longtime Oceanside resident, Kloos captured his fifth 5K title at this event, also having won here in 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014. Finishing second in the 5K was Thomas Valente in 15:28.


Lindsey Drake won the women's 5K title in 17:19, with Cortney Berling second in 17:42.

Sun smiles on the 5K

The sun came out for the 2015 Pacific Marine Credit Union 5K and helped warm things up, at least a little, on a chilly morning ideal for running. Participants also warmed up to the beauty of the course that may be the most scenic Thanksgiving run in America. (Tom Coat photos)

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