Race in the Thanksgiving Day 5/10K

David Houston, one of the co-founders and organizers of the Palisades Thanksgiving Turkey Trot leads the runners through the streets. How about giving him and his wife a Community Council Sparkplug Award for starting such a great tradition?

Turkey Trot for Fun on Thanksgiving

The sixth annual Pacific Palisades Turkey Trot will take place at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, November 22. The 5K/10K race starts and ends at the Palisades High School stadium track. Medals and water will be available at the finish line.

The 5K goes through the Asilomar bluff area before doubling back to the stadium; the 10K continues down Temescal Canyon Road and ends with the uphill run. Street closures in the El Medio area and on Temescal Canyon Road will be from 5 to 11 a.m.

Last year’s winner in the women’s 5K was Santa Monica High cross-country coach Tania Fischer, who won for the fourth straight year, finishing in 18:54. She also won the 5K overall for the first time. Second place among the women went to Gwendolyn Twist, the Palisades High cross-country assistant coach, who ran 20:22.

The men’s 5K winner was UCLA psychology professor Bruce Sharpita, 50, with a time of 19:07. Second was 15-year-old Leo Bilder (19:09), who runs cross country for Brentwood High School.

Palisadian Ken Rideout, 45, won the men’s 10K in 35:02, after finishing second a year earlier. “My time wasn’t great,” he said. “This is an incredibly tough course with a lot of turns and the climb up Temescal Canyon Road.”

Another Palisadian, Nell Stephenson,, had two firsts: this was her first Turkey Trot–and she won her division in 42:08. The author (“Paleoista,” “Paleo Diet Cookbook” and “Pocket Paleo”) said her first thought after winning the race was “I wish there were more water stops.”

Adults (18+) who preregister are $40 for the 5K/10K; on race day the fee is $45. Children are $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K (same as race day).

Proceeds from the event support the Hearts with Hope Foundation. To register, visit paliturkeytrot.com/



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