Folsom Turkey Trot brings 4,000 participants to ParkwayBy: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
The holiday season is also a season of traditions.
Thanksgiving morning marked the return of the Folsom Turkey Trot, which celebrated its sixth-annual 5K run/walk and 10K run by welcoming more than 4,200 registered participants through the Folsom Parkway Trails.
Last year’s event raised more than $36,000 for the Twin Lakes Foodbank and the “Never in Our Town” Youth Assistance Fund.
Todd Drybread and Felix Poggemann, of Capital Adventure Racing and Turkey Trot race directors, said the event was more popular than ever.
“I heard from a few people, ‘This is our third year here and it’s our family’s tradition,’” said Drybread. “That was the whole idea; to get families to come out and support our community. It took a few years for them to call it their tradition, but we’re there now.”
A record 103 volunteers signed up. The number of vendors and registrants were also the largest to date. About 200 spots were still available at the noon packet pick up the day before the trot. Poggemann said those and nearly 200 were gone in two hours.
“We were sold out by 2 p.m. yesterday; we totally maxed out really early this year. We cap it at 4,000 racers because we just can’t fit more on the course at once,” said Poggemann.
One gang of six racers was the Gabrielson family from Carmichael.
Duane and Ayren brought their daughter Ilana, 17, and boyfriend Skyler Blanco, 17, along with sons Josh, 18, and Ian, 12. It was the first Turkey Trot for all and the first 10K for some.
“I just ran my first 10K [Run for Courage] in September and loved it, so I came back all excited and told the family, ‘We’re all running today,’” said Ayren.
“I’m looking forward to finishing with my family and running with everybody,” said Ilana. “This is my first 10K so hopefully it sets a good time going forward. I’m also thankful to be with my family and that we can feed the hungry.”
Drybread and Poggemann expected this year’s event to raise more than any other year.
Another Turkey Trot tradition is sharing the trails with some hairy, four-legged pets.
Laura and Bill Bradshaw, a motor officer with the Folsom Police Department, brought their 2-year-old beagle, Daisy. Joining them were Laura’s parents Tony and Diane from Emmett, Idaho, who brought their Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu mix, Buddy, with them.
“For me, it’s exercise on Thanksgiving day so I can eat a lot of food,” said Laura. “I can have a guilt-free day of eating, so that means I have to run six miles.”
It was the first Turkey Trot for Laura, Tony and Diane. Bill participated two years ago. Laura and Bill’s daughter, Becca, 18, returned from college, but elected to sleep in.
“Now we’ll go home and get ready for the 13 guests we have coming over and watch a little football,” said Bill.
After the race, awards and were given to top competitors and the best costumes worn by participants also won prizes.