2023 Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot Returns for its 19th year with 20,000+ Registrants

SAN JOSÉ, CA (November 16, 2023) — The Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, America’s largest Thanksgiving Day race, returns for its 19th year on November 23. The Turkey Trot has donated more than $11 million to date in support of local charities. More than 20,000 registrants are expected to participate in person and virtually this year. 

This year’s Turkey Trot will feature thousands of entrants running, walking or jogging the course in person on Thanksgiving morning. There are several events to choose from with the 5K and 10K runs and walks, along with a Kids Fun Run and a costume contest. Elite runners, joggers, and walkers enjoy the downtown San Jose course, which is flat, fast, and flows through local neighborhoods and business areas. This year’s event will continue to offer the flexibility of a virtual race anytime between November 23-30.



Start Time: 8:30 AM

Location: Downtown San Jose, W. Santa Clara Street and 1st Street

Note: Media opportunities with Ahmad Thomas, CEO of SVLG and Executive Director of the SVLG Foundation, will be available upon request.  Please email press@svlg.org to register and request an interview. 

“It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in San Jose without the Turkey Trot,” said San Jose Mayor, Matt Mahan. “This year, like many parents, I’ll be chasing my kids along the route to help support vulnerable families in our community — and I wouldn’t have it any other way!”

“We are delighted to kick off the holiday season with the 19th Annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot,” said Silicon Valley Leadership Foundation Chairwoman, Sonu Ratra. We’re proud that we’ve raised more than $11 million over the history of the Turkey Trot. During this time of increasing economic uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that our Silicon Valley community – and our friends beyond the Bay Area – participate by walking, running, or supporting the event through their financial pledges.”

“As a founder of the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, Applied Materials couldn’t be more excited to see this important event bring people back together to support our community,” said Joe Pon, Corporate Vice President, Applied Materials, Inc. “Through the hardest days of the pandemic, the race moved online to raise vitally needed funds for the community, and we’re very much looking forward to seeing everyone on the starting line on Thanksgiving morning to keep this tradition going strong.”

“The Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is a cherished Thanksgiving tradition – bringing together the region’s leading innovation economy businesses, nonprofit partners, colleagues, friends and loved ones to make a positive impact for our community. Now in our 19th year, we’ve already raised more than $11 million — and this year’s race promises to be a terrific event, with more than 20,000 people expected to join us at the starting line!” — said Ahmad Thomas, Executive Director of the SVLG Foundation and CEO of SVLG.

Beneficiaries of the Turkey Trot include: Second Harvest Silicon Valley, The Health Trust, Healthier Kids Foundation, and Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://svturkeytrot.com/. 

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the region by raising and distributing funds for food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education and other needs. For more information, please visit: svlg.org/foundation. 

Contact: Laura Wilkinson 

SVP, Head of Communications

Silicon Valley Leadership Group