SAN JOSE, Calif. – November 24, 2016 – The largest timed Thanksgiving weekend race in the United States is once again off and running with nearly 25,000 people participating in the 12th Annual Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” race to help local charities and those in need by supporting the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation’s community efforts.
The Silicon Valley Turkey Trot needs community support on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24, to raise $1 million for five beneficiaries: Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Healthier Kids Foundation and the Health Trust.
The Turkey Trot has become a must-attend annual tradition for Silicon Valley where families and friends come together on Thanksgiving morning for a 5K or 10K run/walk in downtown San José (there’s a Kid’s Fun Run, too) while sporting a cool Turkey Trot, long-sleeved race shirt.
Community and business participation in the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot over the past 11 years has raised more than $5.9 million for local charities that help provide essential services for local families in need.
These beneficiaries include:
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties: Enables the Food Bank to source millions of pounds of fresh produce – a genuine gift for the kids, families and seniors being fed each month.
• Housing Trust Silicon Valley: Helps make Silicon Valley a more affordable place by supporting multifamily lending, homebuyer assistance programs, homeless prevention and neighborhood stabilization.
• Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County: Funds support the VisionFirst program to provide vision screenings and access to corrective services.
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County: Supports the Food Bank with food distribution for working poor families, children and seniors in Santa Cruz County.
• The Health Trust: Supports programs that advance wellness through health educational programs to teach people to prevent and manage diabetic conditions.
Date/time: Nov. 24, Thanksgiving morning
Location: Santa Clara and First Streets in Downtown San José, CA
More info: svturkeytrot.com
About the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot”
The Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” reached its 11th year in 2015 with 26,000 participants, raising $950,000 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 $5.1 million over the past 11 years for families in need. It’s a 5K and 10K walk/run through downtown San Jose.
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.