My Turkey Trot tradition started over 13 years ago. An attorney I was working with asked me to join a his team and family to run in 5k Turkey Trot in downtown San Diego, called the Run for the Hungry. I had so much fun being with the gang and the other turkey trotters. The race featured bands playing music and spectators cheering us on.
This year will mark be my 13th Turkey Trot race! I’ve always loved Thanksgiving and have hosted Thanksgiving dinner for years. However, I didn’t want to be in the kitchen most of Thanksgiving Day preparing the meal. When I started running the 5k Turkey Trot, it forced me to prepare for Turkey dinner in advance and now Thanksgiving Day is more enjoyable. I’m able to spend the day enjoying my family and friends, rather than alone in the kitchen.
I’ve enjoyed other Turkey Trots including San Diego’s Father Joe’s Balboa 5k, Oceanside Turkey Trot and the Encinitas Turkey Trot. Whether you are a runner or a walker, you can be a part of the trot. Many trotters even get dressed up with Thanksgiving gear and participate in the costume contest.
This year, I challenge you to trot with me on Thanksgiving. You’ll feel a lot better about eating a fabulous meal and we’ll have a great time supporting a good cause. I’ll be trotting in the Encinitas 5k and I invite you to join me!