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The Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot Elite 5k Welcomes Olympians and Top International Athletes

San Jose, CA – The Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation announced full fields today for both their women’s elite 5k presented by Silicon Valley Bank and their men’s elite 5k presented by Juniper Networks. Athletes will contend for more than $24,000 in prize money and potential bonuses.

On the women’s side Shannon Rowbury will be running in her first professional race since giving birth to a baby girl in June. “I’m excited to test my fitness and to fine tune my racing routine as a new mom,” stated Rowbury. “Motherhood has been a life-changing experience, but I am ready to start competing again and I’m excited to share my passion for running with my little girl. Hopefully this is the beginning of the road to my 4th Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.” The American & World record holder will be joined and challenged by fellow Olympian, Violah Lagat of Kenya. Lagat boasts PRs of 15:35 (Road 5k) and 4:04.10 for 1500m. Canada will be well represented by numerous athletes, but led by Rachel Cliff. Cliff boasts a 5k PR of 15:22 and is coming off her debut in the marathon with a solid 2:28:53. Emily Lipari finished 3rd in this event last year and recently won a hotly contested road mile in Las Vegas. Full fields listed below.

The men’s field is highlighted by Sgt. Evans Kirwa representing the U.S. Army’s WCAP program. Kirwa has had a very strong fall racing season and is looking to continue his streak of personal bests at the 5k distance. Kirwa will be joined by his WCAP teammate, Josef Tessima who recently won the Inaugural Navy Road Mile. U.S. 1500m specialist Pat Casey (3:52 mile) will join the Army athletes along with numerous strong runners from Canada and Kenya.

Race Founder and Executive Director, Carl Guardino shared his excitement for the event. “I’m extremely proud to host this year’s elite athlete field in Silicon Valley. While we expect over 25,000 runners at the largest timed Turkey Trot in the U.S., it brings me joy to also bring in some of the world’s fastest athletes on Thanksgiving Day.”

Full Women’s Field

AthleteCountry5k Personal Best
Shannon RowburyUSA14:38 (track) 15:36 (road)
Rachel CliffCANADA15:20
Amy Van AlstineUSA15:22
Violah LagatKenya15:35 (road)
Rachel JohnsonUSA15:39
Claire GreenUSA15:45
Erica DigbyCANADA15:50
Marisa HowardUSA15:54
Eleanor FultonUSA16:00
Emily LipariUSA16:04 (road)
Rochelle Lynn KanuhoUSA16:05 (road)
Susan Tenui JebetKenyaNT
Nikki HiltzUSANT


Full Men’s Field

Sam ParsonsUSA13:29
Jordan GusmanAUSTRALIA13:35
Brian BarrazaUSA13:38
Diego LeonUSA13:39
Phil ReidUSA13:39
Adam VisokayUSA13:41
Edwin KibichiyKENYA13:42 (indoor)
Pat CaseyUSA13:50 (road)
Kyle MedinaUSA13:54
Rob DenaultCANADA13:57
Dylan ShawhanUSA13:58
Will GeikenUSA13:59
Evans KirwaUSA14:02
Eric AvilaUSANT
Josef TessimaUSANT

14th Annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot – Founded and produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is the largest timed Thanksgiving run in the US; an event that has become a tradition in Silicon Valley. More than 25,000 community members participate in this annual event and have raised $7.8 million in 13 years. Everyone is welcome. From family-friendly fun runs/walks, to honoring our policemen, firefighters, military and veterans; this race captures the essence of what Thanksgiving is all about. Come celebrate the 14th annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot on November 22 (Thanksgiving morning) and help reach the goal of $1 million for local charities. For more information and to register, please visit:

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