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Folsom's Turkey Trot benefits homeless, hungry and youth

By: Matt Long Folsom Lake Entertainer
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Sacramento’s annual Thanksgiving Day event, the Run to Feed the Hungry, had been going on for 12 years when an idea popped into the head of Folsom chiropractor Dr. Todd Drybread. That idea was to have a similar run in Folsom and it has turned into a successful four-year event that has raised approximately $109,000, most of which goes to the Twin Lakes Food Bank in Folsom with a smaller portion donated to the “Never In Our Town” Youth Assistance Fund as part of the Folsom Athletic Association. The fifth annual Turkey Trot is slated for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, with the 10K run beginning at 8:50 a.m. and the 5K starting at 9:10 a.m. The event will be held at the Folsom Parkway Trails at the corner of Blue Ravine and North Parkway Drive. “I was thinking about the Run to Feed the Hungry and 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 a smaller scale here and raise some money for some local charities.” The first year just shy of 2,000 people participated in the event and around $21,000 was raised. Since then the event has grown to 4,000 participants and last year approximately $32,000 was raised. “I’m shocked at the way it has grown,” Drybread said. “We (Capitol Adventures) put on five events and the others don’t come close to this size. We also have a run on the Fourth of July and this year we had 700 people. People just love the idea of running on Thanksgiving.” Twin Lakes Food Bank is the primary beneficiary of the trot and couldn’t feed the people it currently feeds without it. “The Turkey Trot funds us year round,” said Tammy Thompson, director of the food bank. “It’s a major fundraiser for us. It allows us to buy turkeys for Thanksgiving and hams for Christmas. We feed about 2,400 people a month and that number has drastically increased about 35 percent over the last two years. Every year we pray that the Turkey Trot continues and it’s grown.” Barbara Till, a volunteer at the Twin Lakes Food Bank, loves the Turkey Trot. “I’ve worked the event every year and it’s the greatest thing they do,” Till said. Half the people the food bank feeds are senior citizens and children, according to Thompson. Drybread said while the Turkey Trot also asks for non-perishable food or clothing donations, it’s never been a main focus. This year, however, he’s going to make a point to get the word out. “When people come pick-up their race packets, some of them drop off their food and clothing donations, but we have never gotten a lot of that,” Drybread said. “This year we’re going to push that more and try to take it to the next level. We’re just asking the people, ‘How can you benefit the community even more?’” One of Drybread’s original goals of the Turkey Trot was to create and maintain a family-friendly event, which is the reason why he doesn’t want it to grow any bigger than it was last year when 4,000 participated. “We want to keep it to the trails and there are a lot of people that have strollers or that bring their dogs,” Drybread said. “If we get any bigger we’re going to have to take it to the streets and we don’t want to do that.” For more information, visit the event’s website at folsomturkeytrot.com. KNOW AND GO What: Folsom Turkey Trot When: 8:50 a.m. for 10K and at 9:10 a.m. for 5K, Thursday, Nov. 24 Where: Folsom Parkway Trails, corner of Blue Ravine and North Parkway Drive Cost: $20 prior to Nov. 10, $25 after Nov. 10, $30 on Nov. 23. No registration on race day accepted Info: folsomturkeytrot.com