Turkey Trot Returns to Palisades for Sixth Annual Race


With Halloween well and truly over, it’s time to welcome the next food- and family-themed holiday with open arms: Thanksgiving falls on Nov. 22 and the Palisades Funding Turkey Trot kicks off bright and early at 8 a.m. that morning.

“Now in its sixth year, the event will draw over 1,500 runners to the start line at Dolphins Stadium at Palisades Charter High School,” a press release noted. “It’s the perfect way to jumpstart the weekend with fitness, friends and family fun.”

This year’s race features a 5 and 10K, both available for adults and kids to participate in.
“The 10K participants will endure the ‘Temescal Terminator’ by running up and down the canyon road,” the press release continued. New to this year’s festivities is a “Stroll Patrol” class, which has been added for families pushing strollers.

No spectacular event is complete without music, and therefore the National Anthem will be sung by Corpus Christi School seventh-grader Barrett Eastman.

This day is sponsored by longtime participant Patrick McKenna, president of Palisades Funding, Inc., and will benefit Hearts with Hope, a charity that performs heart surgeries on children all over the world.

“We are thrilled and proud to support this fantastic community event,” McKenna shared in a statement. “I’ve been involved with this event as a runner and a sponsor from the very beginning and couldn’t be happier to support the town and this event.”

Registration is open for adults and children at paliturkeytrot.com (closing 15 minutes before race time). There, interested parties can view all the necessary race day details, including road closures, and also donate to Hearts with Hope or volunteer to help at the event.

(Note: Due to the artificial surface on the football field, dogs are not allowed.)

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