For the ninth year in a row, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation is ready to raise money for charity with its annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving Day, 2013.The day of races kicks off at 7:45 a.m. in San Jose, at the corner of Market and Santa Clara streets. Races include a 10K run, a 5K walk and run, an elite invitational 5K for both men and women, a 10K wheelchair race, and a “fun run” for youngsters and anyone else who wants to join in. Last year’s Turkey Trot drew more than 24,000 participants.
Several worthy local charities will benefit from the proceeds of this year’s event, which is sponsored by Applied Materials:
- Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County
- Housing Trust Silicon Valley
- San Mateo County
- Santa Cruz County
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
The idea for the annual Turkey Trot came from Carl and Leslee Guardino of Monte Sereno after they learned about another similar event that was happening on Thanksgiving in Sacramento in 2004. Since that time, the Turkey Trot in San Jose has raised more than $3.4 million for local charitable organizations. Carl Guardino serves as president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
How you can help
A nominal registration fee for each participant is required. Along with the races listed above, there are three special races – a bronze, silver and gold CEO/Celebrity 5K challenge. These races have premium registration fees.
In addition to raising money, the event will also collect canned goods. All participants are asked to bring a few items to help those in need. Last year, event organizers collected 25,000 pounds of food.
The 2013 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is just one of many ways organizations and individuals throughout Silicon Valley answer the call to help our neighbors in need. We wish the event organizers and participants great success this Thanksgiving.
Click here to register for the Turkey Trot.