California Turkey Trots, Runs & Fun

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Each year around the last week of November people from all over the United States (and California) take a day off to celebrate the heritage of a nation. How do they do it? By declaring Thanksgiving Day as a day paying homage to the founding of a nation and its rich bounty.

In its current translation of an event that was started by pilgrims, Thanksgiving is a day of watching football games, over-eating big meals and closing all the stores the day before Black Friday when everyone is supposed to go out and buy Christmas gifts. Not everyone wants to sit around the table eating turkey and getting fattened for the "kill" so an amazing and popular event has sprung out of the need for healthier living in what is traditionally considered a day of binge and overeating. Turkey Trots and Turkey Runs poke fun at the favored Thanksgiving meal as people take to the streets and paths to exercise. Here are some events we've found throughout the State!

2019

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

ANAHEIM: Plymouth Rock N Run Thanksgiving Morning Turkey Trot 1k, 5k, 10k November 28, 2019, 7 a.m. approx. Usually held at Yorba Regional Park, 7600 E La Palma Ave. Anaheim, CA 92807. Registration: $, plymouthrun.com

ANAHEIM: Run Anaheim Turkey Trot 5K November 28, 2019, 6:30 a.m. opens for registration
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 E. Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA
$25-45, carenwareevents.com/ thanksgivingturkeytrot5k/
This is a family friendly event where you can run fast, jog, trot, walk, or enjoy a nice stroll on this flat scenic course. Come dressed in a theme or in running attire.

APPLE VALLEY: Turkey Run 5K Walk, 5/10K Run on November 23, 2019, 8 a.m.
Town Hall Recreation Center
Apple Valley, CA
 $20-25, applevalley.org

ARROYO GRANDE: Turkey Trot. This event is a fun run for kids only! November 17, 2019.  Registration at 1 p.m. - Races begin at 2 p.m. Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade Fee: $5 per participant Location: Arroyo Grande High School Track 495 Valley Road in Arroyo Grande Divisions: Girls and boys will run the same distance and will compete separately.  arroyogrande.org

BELMONT SHORE: Turkey Trot 5 & 10 K Run November 28, 2019, 7 - 10 a.m. approx.
Annual beach location running event on Thanksgiving Day is a fundraiser for causes. Registration $30-40 approx. is online or in person. See justinrudd.com

BURBANK: 1K, 5K, 10K Turkey Trot Run November 28, 2019, 7:30 a.m.
Usually takes place in Downtown Burbank
321 E. Magnolia Blvd.
$35-50 approx., burbankymca.org
More than two thousand men, women and children will lace up their shoes a on Thanksgiving morning to participate in the annual Turkey Trot 5K/10K Run. Benefiting the Burbank Community YMCA's financial assistance program, the event features cash prizes for top finishers, a fun expo and costume contest.

BIG BEAR LAKE: Turkey Trot November 28, 2019, 9 a.m.
Meadow Park
41220 Park Ave.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
$25-50, bigbearturkeytrot.com 
Big Bear Turkey Trot and Costume Contest includes 3 mile, 6 mile, and 9 mile Road Runs on Thanksgiving Day. The course is a relatively flat 3 mile loop through the neighborhood of Eagle Point, with 6 mile runners completing 2 laps and 9 mile runners completing 3, making it easy for all abilities to participate.

CARSON: Turkey Blast November 26, 2019, 6-8 p.m. Get a 2 hour workout packed into 20 minute sessions for 2 hours at Veterans Sports Complex, ci.carson.ca.us

CHATSWORTH: Chatsworth 5K Turkey Trot November 24, 2019, 6:3-11:30 a.m.
Chatsworth Park South
22360 Devonshire Street
Los Angeles, CA 91311
$25-35, anytimefitness.com | eventbrite.com
Andora trailhead, off of Larwin Ave. The B marker is registration and start. Anytime Fitness Chatsworth family in our 3rd Annual Turkey Trot! Start-Line & Registration Table at the Santa Susana Trailhead near Larwin Ave. & Devonshire St. Parking at Chatsworth Park South.

CLAREMONT: Claremont Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot November 28, 2019, 7:30 a.m.
$20-50
claremontsunriserotary.org | claremontturkeytrot.org
This race starts and finishes in downtown Claremont. Last year there were 1,800 runners!

CONCORD: Concord Turkey Trot 5k/10k Run Walk  November 28, 2019, 8 a.m.
Todos Santos Park
 2151 Salvio St Concord, CA 94520
$30-55, turkeytrotconcord.org

CORONADO:  Coronado 5K Turkey Trot  Thursday, November 28, 2019, 8 a.m. Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Dr. Coronado, CA 92118. $50 approx. coronadoturkeytrot.com
Coronado Unit of the Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary. All net proceeds benefit Rady Children's Hospital.

DANA POINT Turkey Trot 5 & 10K Race and Costume Contest November 28, 2019, 7 a.m. - 12 Noon
Dana Point Harbor
34624 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, California 92629
turkeytrot.com
$44-up approx.
Celebrating 41 years in 2019! The Dana Point California Thanksgiving Day Run with more than 10,000 participants is one of America's most scenic coastal runs hosted by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. Tour the beautiful beach, majestic cliffs and coves of Dana Point. Enjoy pounding surf, rugged cliffs, and cool ocean breezes as you sail through the Dana Point Marina, Doheny State Park and pass the Historic Tallship Pilgrim moored in Dana Point Harbor. From beginners to elite runners, this event is for everyone!

DAVIS: Davis Turkey Trot November 23, 2019, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Civic Center Field
Davis, CA 95616
$, changeofpace.com
Celebrating 32 years in 2019, the Davis Turkey Trot offers 8 different events and distances. Enjoy a post-race expo, refreshments and samples from vendors; an interactive area for both kids and adults; live music and arts and crafts for kids.

ELK GROVE: Gobble Wobble November 28, 2019, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 
California Correctional Health
8280 Longleaf Dr.
Elk Grove, CA
$, itsyourrace.com
Start your Thanksgiving morning with a 5K or 10K run, and bring the kids for their own ¼ mile fun run. Elk Grove's Thanksgiving morning tradition has a new name and new beneficiary Chicks in Crisis. The Gobble Wobble Run continues the run event, but now benefits a local charity. 

ENCINITAS: Turkey Trot 5K/10K November 28, 2019, 7 a.m.
S Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA
$49 - $59, encinitasturkeytrot.org
Run or walk on Coast Highway and take in early morning views of the Pacific Ocean during the 5K or 10K Encinitas Turkey Trot. Event includes a Costume Contest with prizes. Parking is available at the Encinitas Library, Encinitas City Hall, Coaster Station, Moonlight Beach, and surface streets on 2nd and 3rd Street.

EUREKA: Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk November 28, 2019, 9 a.m. Begins at 2nd & F Streets - starts & finishes at the Gazebo. $10, eurekamainstreet.org

FAIRFIELD: Solano Turkey Trot November 28, 2019, 8 a.m.
Solano Community College
4000 Suisun Valley Rd.
$15-50, solanoturkeytrot.org
Annual Solano Turkey Trot 5k walk/run and 10k at Solano Community College. The main staging area for all race-day activities is at Solano Community College  in Fairfield, California. Other race-day activities include food booths, awards and other fun activities for the entire family. In 2018 Turkey Costume Contest was added.

FALLBROOK: Fallbrook Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Thursday, November 28, 2019
Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
220 Grand Tradition Way 1588 S. Mission Rd Fallbrook, CA 92028
$30-45, fallbrookturkeytrot.com
Event raises money for the Fallbrook Rotary Club Foundation.

FOLSOM: Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk & 10K Run November 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Folsom Lion's Park / Rodeo Park (Folsom Zoo/Library)
403 Stafford Street, Folsom, CA 95630
Folsom, CA 95630
$28-38,  folsomturkeytrot.com 
Limited space, typically sells out

FREMONT: Quarry 5K, 10K and Half Marathon Turkey Run November 30, 2019,
Quarry Lakes Regional Park
Fremont, CA
$46-up, approx., brazenracing.com
Thanksgiving themed costumes are encouraged for adults and children

HUNTINGTON BEACH Causelife Turkey Wobble November 28, 2019, 7 a.m.-10 a.m.
Location: Pacific Coast Highway at Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, CA
$, facebook.com/events/527715197989177/
 Kids 1K at 10 a.m. Timed runs -- select your time. Proceeds go toward drilling wells for people in need of drinking of water.

HUNTINGTON BEACH: A Better World Turkey Trot Half Marathon November 29, 2019, 7:30 a.m.
$30-45, abetterworldrunning.com
Bolsa Chica State Beach
Pacific Coast Highway at Warner Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA
It's time for the Turkey Trot 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon

IRVINE: Orange County Turkey Trot 5k Thursday, November 28, 2019, 7:30 a.m.
 Irvine Valley College
5500 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618.
$35-40, runocturkeytrot.com
Mini Expo with vendors at the race start. Learn about new products and services and bring some extra cash for purchases.  Selfie Booth with all the holiday trimmings and take advantage of the holiday props! This is sure to get you into Thanksgiving mode! We'll have volunteers available to take the perfect pictures for you.

JACKSON: Turkey Trot November 28, 2019, 8 a.m. at Lake Tabeaud 6 miles east of Jackson. 2.7 mi. walk/run once around the lake. 6.4 mi. walk/run out-and-back. Entry: Please consider a Monetary Donation or a bag of non-perishable groceries. No tee shirts or registration. Interfaith Food Bank of Amador County feedamador@gmail.com (209) 267-9006 FeedAmador.org

LA CAÑADA: Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk  November 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Memorial Park
La Cañada, CA
$40, cclcf.org
The Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk has been a local tradition and a community favorite with families, athletes, and community supporters of all types for two decades. There's also a  Kids Mile Run geared for children 12 and under.

LAKE ALMANOR: 5K Turkey Trot  November 28, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bailey Creek Golf Course Club House
433 Durkin Dr.
Lake Almanor, CA, Lake Almanor
$15-25, lakealmanorarea.com
Chamber of Commerce event, Kids under age 10 run / walk free.
 At Bailey Creek Golf Course. The Turkey Trot is a fun run, it's all about having a good time. Think of Bay to Breakers on Thanksgiving Day. Incorporate the themes or come as you wish. Rain, snow or shine, the run is on. There will music and fire pits for warmth. Quickly becoming the newest Lake Almanor family tradition!  5k course begins at the Bailey Creek Clubhouse and wraps through the quiet neighborhood of Bailey Creek. Runners, walkers, strollers and dogs welcome!

LANCASTER YMCA 5th annual 1K  and 5K Turkey Trot November 27 & 28, 2019
Antelope Valley YMCA event held at Lancaster City Park
43001 10th St.
Lancaster, Ca
$, ymcala.org
1K Wobble Fun Run takes place on November 27, 2019, while all other races occur on November 28.
Turkey Trot is the biggest race of the year in the Antelope Valley and is just plain fun. Everyone gets a t-shirt, bib # and swag bag. Race is timed but not chipped and medals are given to each age group. It's a great community event that attracts many out of towners visiting family. Antelope Valley Family YMCA West Lancaster, CA. One of the most beautiful races in the Antelope Valley and held Thanksgiving day. Walk, run, jog or race! It's up to you.

LOMPOC: Turkey Trot 1 & 3 Mile Runs November 24, 2019, 9 a.m.
$20-25, cityoflompoc.com
River Park run.... This event is geared for all ages and ability levels for people to experience a great 3-mile race. A T-shirt will be included with your registration and prizes will be awarded for 1st & 2nd place in each category. Ages: 5 -7 years - 1 mile, 8 & up - 3 miles.  Location: River Park, Fitness Trail

LONG BEACH: Turkey Trot at the Marina November 28, 2019 Marathon 2/3, HALF, 15K, 10K, & 5K, 3 start times
Marina Vista Park, 5200 E. Eliot St. Long Beach, CA 92803 The course is run along the scenic city streets around a lake and a beautiful oceanfront view.  charliealewineracing.com

LOS ANGELES: Turkey Trot L.A. 5K/10K November 28, 2019, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
City Hall
200 N Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA
$20,60, approx. turkeytrot.la
 Plus 1K Widdle Wobble for the little runners in the family. Join 3,000 of your closest feathered friends on Turkey Day and run along historic Spring Street, Grand Park and the sights of downtown. The race starts and finishes in front of City Hall. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, this event benefits the Midnight Mission. Parking at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave. 

MODESTO: Turkey Trot and Gobbler Walk November 28, 2019, 9:30 a.m.
Tuolumne River Regional Park
1200 Tioga Dr.
Modesto, CA 95354 
$15-20, runsignup.com | 
Proceeds benefit MJC's track & field & cross country program. Course: The 3.1 mile course is on a paved path with some grass and dirt is just for walkers,  strollers and dogs allowed. Post-race refreshments will be available.

NAPA: Napa Valley Turkey Chase November 28, 2019, 8 a.m. - Noon
Napa Valley College
Napa, CA
$35-45 approx., napaturkeychase.com
Napa Valley College, along the Napa River Trail, Napa, CA Athletic Feat hosts the Napa Valley Turkey Chase, a 5K and 10K fun run and walk, plus kids' 100m dash on Thanksgiving Day. Participants can run or walk in the 5K or 10K. 

NOVATO: Marin Turkey Trot 1 Mile, 5K, 10K,  November 28, 2019
1800 Ignacio Blvd.
Novato, CA
$, marinturkeytrot.com
Bank of Marin Turkey Trot runs on the roads out and back through the beautiful Indian Valley College campus and along Ignacio Blvd and finishes on the IVC fields

OAKLAND: Oakland Turkey Trot 5K November 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Lake Merritt Pergola
599 El Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 
$, oaklandturkeytrot.org
 Raise funds for Oakland Promise and art, music and fitness programs in Oakland schools.

OCEANSIDE: O'Side Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Morning, November 28, 2019, 6 a.m.
Oceanside Civic Center
330 N. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA
osideturkeytrot.com
$25-50 approx.
Last year's O'side Turkey Trot attracted a record crowd to what is becoming an Oceanside holiday tradition.  Be a part of a race that has it all - scenic and fast courses, great costumes, local beneficiaries, and a festive, fun atmosphere. The event attracts 10K participants from 460 cities and 46 states. All finishers receive a custom finisher medal, t-shirt, goodie bag, free photos and complimentary finish line refreshments.

PACIFIC PALISADES: Pacific Palisades Turkey Trot Thursday, November 28, 2019, 8:15 a.m.
15777 Bowdoin St.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.
$40-45, paliturkeytrot.com
Start and finish at Pali High Football Field

PALM DESERT: Martha's Village Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk November 28, 2019, 8-11 a.m.
El Paseo Drive & San Pablo Ave.
Palm Desert, CA
$, marthasvillage.org
5K Fun Run to raise money to feed the hungry and homeless in the Coachella Valley. All participants receive a quality event t-shirt and complimentary continental breakfast. Ample free parking. Strollers, wheelchairs and pets are welcome. USA track and field certified course, chip timed event-race times and rankings posted immediately at the finish. All proceeds benefit Martha's Village & Kitchen and goes to feeding the hungry and homeless.

PALM SPRINGS: Running Wild's Wild Turkey Trot November 28, 2019, 8 a.m.
100 S. Palm Canyon
Palm Springs, CA 92262
$40, palmspringsmarathonrunners.org  
Iconic Palm Springs event starts and finishes downtown. Age group medals awards in 5 year age groups, 3 deep from 5 and under to 85+. Participants receive a long sleeved tech t-shirt with our mascot Lucky the Turkey, an awesome finisher medal, free finisher photo download and your very own wild turkey hat!

PASADENA: Rose Bowl 5K Turkey Trot  November 28, 2019,  9 a.m. race.
R0se Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA
$25, rosebowlstadium.com
Race or walk around the stadium grounds and Brookside Golf Course in the scenic Arroyo Seco. Event is all ages. Parking, Start-Line at North Lot K (Corner of West Dr. and Seco St.)  Awards for top male, female, and dog finishers. 

PERRIS: MVRRC  Annual Turkey Trot 5k Fun Run/walk November 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Moreno Valley Road Runners Club
Lake Perris State Recreation
17801 Lake Perris Perris, CA 92571
$5-20, active.com

PETALUMA: Petaluma Turkey Trot November 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility
3890 Cypress Dr.
Petaluma, CA 94954
madarc.com/turkey-trot/

PIEDMONT: Piedmont Turkey Trot November 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Exedra Arch
Highland Avenue
Piedmont, California 94611
$40 approx., piedmontturkeytrot.com
Join the fun and stroll, walk and run to start off your Thanksgiving morning. All are welcome including babies in strollers and dogs on leashes. All proceeds benefit youth sports in the community.

PLEASANT HILL:  Turkey Trot Trail Run November 24, 2019, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Briones Regional Park - Bear Creek Entrance
16 Bear Creek Rd.
Lafayette, CA
$20-30, pleasanthillrec.com
Annual 8.4 mile run in the beautiful hills of Briones Regional Park including uphill to Briones Peak (elev. 1483 ft.) starts and finishes at Bear Creek Staging Area. Divisions include: 13 yrs and under; 14-18 yrs; 19-29 yrs; 30-39 yrs; 40-49 yrs; and 50 yrs and above. pleasanthillrec.com

RIO VISTA: 5K or 1/4 Mile Kids Dash Turkey Trot November 28, 2019, 8-10:30 a.m.
The Gym at Rio Vista
40 N. 2nd Street
Rio Vista, CA
$25 approx., runsignup.com
 Rio Vista's Turkey Trot is fast 5K course along the waterfront of our community. 100% of proceeds go toward supporting its High School Cross Country team. This is a perfect way to welcome Thanksgiving morning. Medals are provided to the top three runners in ten year increments, and the 1st Place Male and Female will receive a gift.

ROSEVILLE: Turkey Trot November 28, 2019, 9 a.m.
5k - 10k event
Starts & finishes on Vernon Street Town Square
$40-45 registration, roseville.ca.us
Help Feed the Hungry -- Bring canned food donations to the Roseville Sports Center during packet pickup or Vernon Street Town Square on race day.

SACRAMENTO: Run to Feed the Hungry 10K, 5K November 28, 2019, 8-11:30 a.m.
Sac State
Carlson Drive at J Street
Sacramento, CA
$, changeofpace.com | runtofeedthehungry.com
In 1994 the inaugural Run to Feed the Hungry was launched on Thanksgiving morning. This Sacramento tradition, boasting 27,169 participants last year, is not only the largest run in Sacramento, but also the largest Thanksgiving Day fun run in the country! Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) owns, plans and hosts Run to Feed the Hungry. 

SAN BERNARDINO: Turkey Trot 5K,10K Family Fun Run November 28, 2019, 7 a.m.
San Bernardino International Airport
105 N. Leland Norton Way
San Bernardino, CA
$30-40, sbturkeytrot.com
Bring your family and friends to wobble before you gobble. Flat, scenic race featuring a 10K, 5K Family Fun Run and Kiddy Walk. Course starts and ends at San Bernardino International Airport, 105 N. Leland Norton Way,  with the route going on Perimeter Road. Turn around is on Hangar Way.

SAN DIEGO: Run For The Hungry 10k & 5k Walk/Run Thursday, November 28, 2019, 7 a.m.
Westfield Horton Plaza - Broadway Circle Turnaround
San Diego, CA 92101
$40-55 approx., sdrunforthehungry.org
10K Run - 5K Run/Walk - Thanksgiving Day Downtown San Diego. The race runs through the beautiful Gaslamp District and East Village and is the only downtown race in San Diego before sitting down for a feast.

SAN DIEGO: Father Joe's Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K November 28, 2019, 6:30-11 a.m.
Balboa Park Spreckels Organ Pavilion
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
$45-50 approx., myneighbor.org
18th Annual walk or run through beautiful Balboa Park with your family, friends and furry companions. Enjoy a post-race festival including live music, a beer garden, optional pre-race mass and a meet-and-greet with  Disney-inspired characters. Proceeds from support Food Services program.

SAN DIEGO: Thank You 5K Run and Kids 1K Fun Run November 28, 2019, 7:30 a.m.
4S Ranch Sports Park
16118 4S Ranch Pkwy
San Diego, CA 92127
$45-50, sandiegorunningco.com
The Thanksgiving Day Thank You Run 5K course consists of both road and trails through the neighborhoods of 4S Ranch - Del Sur.
​Starts at Corner of Dove Creek Rd. & Cross Stone Pl. Race finishes at 4S Ranch Sports Park. All 21+ participants can enjoy a post race complimentary Karl Strauss Beer in the Karl Strauss Beer Garden!  

SAN DIMAS: Turkey Triathlon & Pumpkin Pie Kids Duathlon November 23, 2019, 8 a.m.
Bonelli Park
120 Via Verde Park Road (South Shore)
San Dimas, CA 91773
$25-47, renegaderaceseries.com
Everyone gets Pumpkin Pie at the finish line! Special awards to the best Thanksgiving themed costume.

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Turkey Trot 5M, 3M and Kids Gobbler Chase 100Meter Thanksgiving Run & Walk  Thursday, November 28, 2019, 8 a.m.
Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA 94122
$, SanFranciscoTurkeyTrot.com

SAN GABRIEL: City of San Gabriel Turkey Trot & Costume Contest November 16, 2019, 7 a.m.
Vincent Lugo Park
Wells & Ramona
San Gabriel, CA
$25-40, sangabrielcity.com | racewire.com
1K Youth, 5K Walk, 5K Run, 10K Run. Vincent Lugo Park. Best child costume and best group costume contest. 44th annual trot in 2019!

SAN JOSE: Silicon Valley Turkey Trot November 28, 2019, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Santa Clara Street at First Street
San Jose, CA
$45 approx. svturkeytrot.com
Billed as Largest Thanksgiving Day Race in the nation. Takes place in downtown San Jose. Race Day Packet Pick Up Opens   Costume Contest, 10K Wheelchair, 10K Run; 9 a.m. Kids activities begin in Family Fun Zone, and many things going on  with the goal of raising funds for special causes.

SAN LUIS OBISPO:  Gobble Wobble 5K Fun Run 2.5 or 5K Walk/Run November 28, 2019, 9-10 a.m.
Laguna Lake Golf Course
11175 Los Osos Valley Road
San Luis Obispo , California
$5-10, active.com | slocity.org
Gobble with a 2.5K walk or 5K run around the Laguna Lake Golf Course. It's fun for the whole family! Benefit for the SLO Food Bank. Donate a non-perishable food item on race day for a free child entry.

SAN MATEO: Gobble Wobble 5K, 10K, 1 Mile, Kids Dash November 28, 2019, 8-10 a.m.
Coyote Point Park
San Mateo, CA
armgobblewobble.com
ARM up and give thanks!

SAN PABLO: Nitro Turkey Run November 28, 2019, 8:45 a.m.
Point Pinole Regional Park
5551 Giant Highway
San Pablo, CA
$48-up, brazenracing.com
Costumes encouraged

SANTA BARBARA: UCSB Turkey Trot November 23, 2019, 8 a.m.
UCSB
Department of Recreation
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
$20-30, recreation.sa.ucsb.edu/turkeytrot
 The Saturday before Thanksgiving, the UCSB Recreation Department presents the Turkey Trot at the UCSB Lagoon. The charity event is a 5k run/walk or 10k run open to the community. The courses feature scenic routes that start on campus, circles the lagoon, passes Campus Point and other breathtaking sights of Isla Vista.

SANTA CRUZ: Santa Cruz Turkey Trot November 23, 2019, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
UC Santa Cruz
2300 Delaware
Santa Cruz, CA
$30 approx., santacruztrackclub.com
Scenic ocean view, flat and fast out and back courses that begin and end on Delaware street by the back entrance to Natural Bridges State Park. Race takes place rain or shine. Awards for 10k, 5k & 1k!

SANTA MARIA: Turkey Trot 1 Mile Fun Run and 5K November 23, 2019, 9 a.m. 
Jim May Park
809 Stanford Drive
Santa Maria, CA
$25-30, cityofsantamaria.org
The 5K starts at 9 a.m. and is open to participants ages 14 and older. The one-mile fun run is open to ages 6-13. The 5K is an out-and-back course to the Santa Maria River Multipurpose Trail, while the one-mile fun run loops twice around Jim May Park.

SANTA MONICA:  Turkey Trot 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon Thursday, November 28, 2019, 7 a.m.
Santa Monica by the beach path
2000 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90405
$25-40, abetterworldrunning.com
Clock timed (not chip timed) open course fun run consisting of counter clockwise marked loops

STUDIO CITY: Drumstick Dash 5K/10K November 28, 2019
CBS Studios
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA
$45-50 approx., drumstickdashla.com
Over 1,200 participated last year at the annual Thanksgiving Morning at CBS Studios in Studio City. There are water stops located at select points throughout the race, in addition to post race food and water. This is a family event with runners opting to run, walk, and even push strollers. Hosted by Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission in the Northeast Valley.

SOLVANG: Turkey Trot November 29, 2019, 10 a.m. at Sunny Fields. Proceeds from this 9th annual event help support the local Salvation Army chapter. Bring your family, friends and neighbors and join this turk-tastic 5k run at 10 am at the Sunny Fields Park. There is a $20 early entry fee ($25 after certain date). Day of registry is okay, but no shirts are guaranteed. Walk or run, all for fun and for a good cause. All ages are welcome to participate in this little post meal exercise amongst friends. cityofsolvang.com

SOUTH EL MONTE: Turkey Dash 5K Run/Walk & 1K Trot Turkey Dash 5K Run/Walk & 1 Trot Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m. at City Hall, 1415 Santa Anita Avenue
Registration is required Fee: FREE for Residents and $10 for Non-residents ci.south-el-monte.ca.us

TEHACHAPI: Hot Chocolate 5K Turkey Trot November 23, 2019, 9 a.m.
Brite Lake
22902 Banducci Road
Tehachapi, CA
$30-35,  tvrpd.org
Electronic timing, great course, run beanies, finisher medals, hot chocolate and refreshments after the run.

TORRANCE: Turkey Trot November 28, 2019, 8-10 a.m.
Sam's Club Parking Lot
2601 Skypark Drive
$25-35, torranceca.gov
Annual Turkey Trot Harry Sutter Memorial 3 Mile Fun Run -- The City of Torrance Community Services Department invites the entire family to participate in our Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Fun Run. This three-mile fun run on Thanksgiving morning usually includes a commemorative Turkey Trot shirt for those who pre-register.

TRABUCO CANYON:  Turkeys on Trails 5K, 10K & Lil' Turkeys 1 Mile Kids' Run November 9, 2019, 8 a.m.
Rock It Racing Trabuco Canyon, CA
$50-60, rockitracingoc.com
Irvine Regional Park and on the trails on Santiago Oaks Regional Park -- both courses are on trails and the 10K has some tough, hilly, technical sections.

TRINIDAD: Blessing of the Fleet held the 4th Thursday in November (Thanksgiving Day) November 28, 2019, 10 a.m. Corner of Trinity & Edwards Streets overlooking the Harbor. Come and be part of this annual Thanksgiving Day tradition. This is a unique community holiday event and a wonderful way to give thanks and immerse yourself in the spirit of the season. Join the crews of the local fishing fleet as they give thanks for the bountiful harvest of the sea and receive a blessing for the upcoming season. Share the traditional Native blessing to the four directions followed by a non-denominational blessing. In the event of rain, event moves to the Trinidad Town Hall, 409 Trinity St.

TURLOCK 39th Annual Turkey Trot Family Fun Run Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9 a.m. - Noon.
Donnelly Park
600 Pedras Rd
Turlock Ca
$, approx.
Children's 1-mile run and Adult 2-mile run the Saturday before Thanksgiving offers a day filled with fitness and fun for the entire family! Prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd place finishers! turlock.ca.us

UPLAND: Upland Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk & 1K Kiddy Trot November 28, 2019, 8 a.m.
San Antonio Park
Mountain Avenue & 24th Street
Upland, CA
$, ci.upland.ca.us
Start/Finish At San Antonio Park/Historical Waiting Station located at Mountain Ave. & 24th St., Upland.  Prizes awarded 

VAN NUYS: Lake Balboa Turkey Trot Thursday, November 28, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Woodley Park
6350 Woodley Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91316
$30-40, active.com
Invigorating run around Lake Balboa Park with abundant trees and scenic views of the lake. Stay and enjoy the after race festivities, all runners receive a finishers medal. All children in 1K Gobble Gobble run will receive a medal.

WALNUT:  Thanksgiving Morning 1K, 5K Race  Thursday, November 28, 2019, 6:30 a.m.
Southern California Road Runners of Walnut
Creekside Park
780 Creekside Park
Walnut, CA 91789
$, roadrunnersofwalnut.org

WALNUT CREEK: Forma Gym Turkey Trot 5K/10K November 28, 2019, 8-11 a.m. 
Civic Park
1375 Civic Dr.
Downtown Walnut Creek, California
$25-60 approx., formaturkeytrot.com
Annual Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving morning tradition, and benefits Walnut Creek Schools! 5K, 10K and Kids' Fun Runs, which are all a perfect way to celebrate the holiday with your friends and family! Perfect for walkers and runners, there is also a play area for the kids, and treats for all the participants. Annual Forma Gym Walnut Creek Turkey Trot helps raise money for special causes.

YUBA CITY: Hands of Hope Turkey Trot 5k/10k November 23, 2019, 9-11:30 a.m.
Riverbend Elementary School
301 Stewart Road
Yuba City, CA
$, handsofhope.com

Past Events

innerathlete.sites.zenplanner.com San Leandro Turkey Trot
wolfpackevents.com El Sobrante Gobble Wobble
Sacramento runtofeedthehungry.com Sacramento Run to Feed The Hungry
folsomturkeytrot.com Folsom Turkey Trot
runningoftheturkeys.org Woodland Turkey Trot
runsignup.com Modesto Turkey Trot
runagainsthunger.org Stockton Turkey Trot/Run Against Hunger

SANTA ROSA: Turkey Burner Lap Swim 
Ridgway Swim Center
455 Ridgway Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA
ci.santa-rosa.ca.us
$5 pay at door
Get in a pre-dinner swim. Masters swimmers have a session after the public event.

WEAVERVILLE : 11th Annual Turkey Trot  Location: Trinity High School Victory Lane Weaverville fundraiser for Trinity High School athletics. visittrinitycounty.com

 

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