Ten Years of Trotting!
After ten years, the tradition is well established. You rise early on Thanksgiving morning, brave the weather – whether frigid cold (for California) or unseasonably warm (as it was this year) – and get out for some exercise to raise money for local charities that are helping provide to those less fortunate.
One of the things I like best about the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is the wide definition of “you” … the 26,533 Trotters in 2014 included elite runners, wheelchair athletes, CEOs with teams of employees, parents with strollers, visitors from around the world who are experiencing a first American holiday, and young children ready for their Kids Fun Run. Then there are thousands of good old 5 and 10K’ers - some in costume - making a difference by putting one foot in front of another for a good cause.
Never lacking in inspirational stories, the Turkey Trot attracts people for whom participation is a significant goal and evidence of the determination over obstacles. As the San Jose Mercury News reported, a Salt Lake City resident who was paralyzed after a 2003 car accident used a robotic exoskeleton to navigate the course.
Perhaps most important is that this community event brings together the diversity of the Valley for a morning focused on benefiting those in need and 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.
We look forward to a second decade of Turkey Trot traditions in Silicon Valley.