Folsom Turkey Trot a good fit on Thanksgiving morning

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Know and Go
What: Folsom Turkey Trot
When: 8:50 a.m. for 10K and 9:10 for 5K, Thurs. Nov. 22, rain or shine
Where: Folsom Parkway Trails, corner of blue Ravine and North Parkway Drive
Cost: $25. No registration on race day accepted

Katie Parks is like many of the 4,000 people who participate annually in the Folsom Turkey Trot.

Like most folks, Parks has a lot to do to get ready for the Thanksgiving Day feast with family, but she takes a few hours in the morning to get some exercise, socialize and contribute to the common good of the Folsom community by running in the annual event, which she’s done every year but one since the run started in 2007.

Parks and her husband Brad, have lived in Folsom for 21 years. She has worked in the city’s Parks and Recreation Department for 15 years and Brad is a retired Folsom Police Officer. Her sister and brother-in-law also live in town and she enjoys their company every year at the Turkey Trot as well.

“Right when it first started and I heard about it I wanted to do it,” Parks said. “It’s something fun to do on Thanksgiving. My husband and I and my sister and her husband do it every year, but we always see so many people we know when we get there and that makes it more fun. Everyone is in a light-hearted mood and it’s not a super-competitive event so it’s fun.”

While Parks and her sister run the 5K, the men in the family prefer to take their time and walk the 3.1-miles. Whether participants walk or run, the proceeds of the event all go to a good cause. The primary beneficiary is the Twin Lakes Food Bank in Folsom with a smaller portion of the proceeds going to the “Never In Our Town” Youth Assistance Fund, as part of the Folsom Athletic Association. City of Folsom Recreation Manager Lynn LePage said the funds raised by the Turkey Trot for the youth assistance fund are vital to its existence.

Dr. Todd Drybread, a Folsom chiropractor who also runs Capitol Adventure, a business that puts on various runs throughout the year in the Sacramento area, started the Turkey Trot in 2007.

“I was thinking about the Run to Feed the Hungry and I wanted to do something on Thanksgiving morning in Folsom for our community,” Drybread said. “Friends and clients had told me how big the Run to Feed the Hungry was and I thought it would be good to do something on smaller scale here and raise some money for some local charities.”

Many participants like the fact that the money raised from the trot stays in the Folsom community.

“The run benefits Folsom non-profits like the food bank so I like that the money stays here,” Parks said.

The only year that Parks didn’t participate in the Turkey Trot was last year when she was hosting Thanksgiving dinner at her house. But aside from that, she’s incorporated the trot into her Thanksgiving day rather easily.

“The run is in the morning and it doesn’t take that long,” Parks said. “It’s a good way to start the day and I’m usually home by 10:30 at the latest. I stay in town for Thanksgiving so I’ve still got plenty of time to put together my appetizer or dessert or whatever I’m taking to dinner.”

To register for the Folsom Turkey Trot or for more information on the event, visit