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The Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot”- Combining the Best With the Rest!

Here’s Food for Thought . . . “turkey” will be well-represented at the London Olympics. Not the country, per se, but our own “turkey,” as in the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot.

In just our first seven years, the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot – held each Thanksgiving morning – has already served up at least 24 past and present Olympians participating in our elite race, with five athletes participating in this year’s London Olympics, several with bay area ties:

* Ryan Hall: the former Stanford stand-out, and 2nd place finisher in our 2006 Turkey Trot, will represent Team USA in the marathon.

* Shannon Rowberry: Born and raised in San Francisco, and 2nd place finisher in our 2007 Turkey Trot, will represent Team USA in the 1,500 meters.

* Diego Estrada: From Salinas, finished 3rd in last year’s Turkey Trot, and will race for his birth nation Mexico in the 10,000 meters.  Diego is now an American citizen, but USA Olympic rules require two years of citizenship before racing for his new country.

As we watch athletes from around the globe race in London this week, don’t forget that you can watch them even closer to home – or better yet, run or walk yourself – in downtown San Jose this Thanksgiving morning – at our own Silicon Valley Turkey Trot.  Register today at

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