SAN JOSE, CA. – The 13th Annual Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot,” founded by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, inspires people to get moving before tucking into the traditional Thanksgiving Day feast. Coming in as the #1 largest timed Turkey Trot in the nation, according to Runners USA, the race leads the growing trend to celebrate fitness and fun along with family and friends. While nine Thanksgiving Day races hosted more than 7,000 finishers in 2016, the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot nearly doubles that number while maintaining a “Small Town Feel with a Big Community Impact.”
Race organizers plan to outdo themselves this year with a goal of 24,000 registrants. “Our event has an ambitious goal of raising $900,000 for local charities this year alone. We can only accomplish this goal by our whole community coming together,” said Carl Guardino, Race Founder and Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation. “Across the country there are thousands of “Turkey Trots,” large and small. Our goal has always been to raise enough revenue to help tens of thousands of families less fortunate than ourselves. If we hit this year’s goals, we will have donated $7.8 million over 13 years.”
The Silicon Valley Turkey Trot benefits five beneficiaries: Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Healthier Kids Foundation and the Health Trust.
The Turkey Trot has become a must-attend community tradition with several competitions within the event including a men’s and women’s elite 5K/10K race, CEO Challenge, Fittest Firm, Mayor’s Cup and the traditional 10K/5K walk/run for Silicon Valley families and friends to come together in downtown San José, (there’s a Kid’s Fun Run, too).
Community and business participation in the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot over the past 12 years has raised more than $6.9 million for local charities that help provide essential services for local families in need. Media interested in attending are encouraged to contact Kimberly Ellis or Nancy Sanchez at the phone numbers above.
Date/time: Nov. 23, Thanksgiving morning starting at 6:30 am
Location: Start stage, North 1st Street at East Santa Clara Street
*media can park free of charge
Suggested Media Arrival Time: Parking, pre-staging, media tours are available at 6:30 am
Note: Interviews with beneficiaries, race founder and runners are available
More info: svturkeytrot.com
Race Day Schedule:
- 6:30 am: Race Day Packet Pick Up Opens
- 7:30 am: Elite Women’s 5K & PA/USATF Women’s 5K
- 8:00 am: Elite Men’s 5K & PA/USATF Men’s 5K
- 8:30 am: 5K Run/Walk (exact start time based on pace)
- 8:30 am: 10K Run (exact start time based on pace)
- 10:30 am: Kids Fun Run
- 12:00 pm: Event Conclusion
About the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot”
The Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” reached its 12th year in 2016 with 26,000 registering for the 5K and 10K run/walk through downtown San Jose, raising $912,000 for the Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and The Health Trust. Founded by Silicon Valley Leadership Group President and CEO Carl Guardino in 2005, the Turkey Trot has raised nearly $6.9 million over the past 12 years for families in need.
About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation
The purpose of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the Silicon Valley region through the provision of funding for food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education and other basic necessities of life.
The Foundation supports activities that drive a sense of community engagement and serves as a forum for non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues affecting the Silicon Valley region. It focuses on providing financial and promotional assistance to charities, business and community leaders, scholars and other groups that support its mission.