Turkey Trot Offers Fun Plus Calorie Burning On Thanksgiving Morning at Palisades High

David Houston, one of the co-founders of the Palisades Thanksgiving Turkey Trot leads the runners on that Thursday morning.

Even as one starts dreaming about pecan and pumpkin pie, with whipped cream, on Thanksgiving, start your day earlier with the seventh annual Pacific Palisades Turkey Trot.

After a 5/10K run (or walk), one is entitled to a second piece of pie. The run lineup, which starts and ends at the Palisades High  stadium track, will take place at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. 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 an uphill run. Street closures in the El Medio area and on Temescal will be from 5 to 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

Below is valuable information for the Turkey Trot:

  1. Parking is available off Bowdoin St. and Temescal and parking lots are open at the high school – enter from El Medio/Sunset. Please note that you may NOT drive south/west on Bowdoin or on Temescal at any time after 7 a.m. If you live nearby, please walk to the stadium.
  2. Gates open at the stadium at 6:30 a.m.
  3. Fast runners are asked to start at the front, and slower runners, walkers and strollers are asked to go to the back of the pack.
  4. NO dogs allowed on the football field or track (school rules).
  5. Both races start at 8:15 a.m. and awards will be presented at 10 a.m.

Adults (18+) who preregister are $40 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K; on race day the fee is $45 and $50 respectively. Children are $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K (same as race day).

For those that preregister, packets may be picked up from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 25, 26 and 27 at Palisades Funding, 860 Via De La Paz, #B5. Day of race registration closes 15 minutes prior to 8 a.m. Proceeds from the event support the Hearts with Hope Foundation and LAFD. To register, visit paliturkeytrot.com/

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