The 2014 Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot consisted of 26,533 trotters including elite runners, wheelchair athletes, CEOs with teams of employees, parents with strollers, and visitors from around the world. Most importantly, this event brought together the diversity of the Valley to benefit those in need, served by Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, the Healthier Kids Foundation, the Housing Trust, the Health Trust and Second Harvest of Santa Cruz County.
Sure, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a craze that is taking over social media. And, yes, it has been a tremendous fundraiser for the ALS Association as the organization combats Lou Gehrig’s disease through research, services and education.
Things are looking up … always up… since the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot started eight years ago. A solid base of volunteers has supported an ever growing number of community members who gather in downtown San Jose to join a 5K walk or 10K run on Thanksgiving morning. And, the dollars raised for three charities have hit a new high each year.
Join us this Thanksgiving morning for the Turkey Trot by registering TODAY to help generate funds for Second Harvest Food Bank, the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, and the Children’s Health Initiative.
Help us put the 2012 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot over the top!
We arrived in the rain and the dark. We stretched with giant glittery turkeys. Some were fast and young. Others were not. We ran, we strolled, we hobbled. But, we prevailed!
On Thanksgiving morning, it was announced that Applied Materials has retained its title as the Fittest Firm at the annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot! An amazing 514 employees and their family members registered to participate in the event … pushing our numbers way beyond any other company in our category.
With victory in the air, Applied representative, Mark Walker, accepted the highly coveted award from Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Dennis Cima, and vowed to return next year!
Some are serious runners; others are out for a leisurely stroll. Hundreds will be dressed in appropriately themed holiday outfits and others just can’t let go of that favorite Halloween costume. They will arrive by train, on bikes, via large parking lots, many before the break of dawn.
Early on an icy cold Thanksgiving morning, nearly 15,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of downtown San Jose, California to participate in the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. They raised more than $425,000 for three local charities addressing critical community needs.
Far too many people in our local communities are facing a dismal holiday season. In Silicon Valley, the Food Bank is serving 250,000 people per month, more than 6000 community members snaked around the block of Sacred Heart Community Services agency last weekend to register for holiday food and gifts, and CBS’s 60 Minutes recently broadcasted a sobering segment on the Valley’s unemployed. But there are ways you can help.
As nearly 9,500 people prepare to gather in downtown San Jose, California on Thanksgiving morning to participate in the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, they can jog assured that they will be raising funds for local charities in a green way.