A Silicon Valley Tradition

Dec42015

They came bundled up, braving freezing temperatures to start Thanksgiving Day at the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot in San Jose, CA. Huddled with 26,000 other walkers and runners, participants soon warmed up on the 5K and 10K courses, heading into the cold to raise funds for five local charities.

While it is impressive that during the past 10 years $5 million dollars has been raised for nonprofit organizations – with an additional $800,000 plus generated last week - it is equally impressive that the Turkey Trot has grown into a high-spirited community event. There is something for everyone: a sanctioned elite race, a costume contest, a wheelchair race, and a Kids Fun Run. More than 2,000 volunteers – including many high school students willing to wake up for early duty on a holiday – join the festivities bringing their energy and positive attitudes to the Trot.

The Turkey Trot has become a tradition for families, a reunion for colleagues, and a source of greatly needed funds for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County, Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, and the Health Trust.

Thanks to all who joined us making the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot a success! Happy Holidays!

Applied Materials CFO, Bob Halliday kicked-off the Turkey Trot with employee remarks and led the countdown to start the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning in San Jose, CA. 

Applied Materials team members accepted the Fittest Firm award in recognition of our 625+ Applied registrants – the greatest number ever!

More than 26,000 trotters headed off from the starting line.