Tuesday Nov 25 2008
Run on empty
By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
Folsom’s pre-feast Turkey Trot taking off
Before bellying up to a bountiful buffet, many local families are turning out for Folsom’s Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Run founder Todd Drybread, a Folsom chiropractor and running enthusiast, said the event is meant to bring the family together. This Thursday’s run is the second for the fledgling fundraiser. “Last year I had this idea because I heard so many people complain that Sacramento’s Run to Feed the Hungry had gotten too big,” Drybread said. “So I thought we should do something smaller and local that’s family oriented. It also raises money for our local food bank (and) it needs a lot of help.” The first run raised more than $21,000, but Drybread is hoping for even more this year. “Last year we had just over 1,900 people (participate),” he said. “I expect over 3,000 this year. I’m aiming for a higher (financial) goal this year because we have increased participation.” El Dorado Hills residents Dan Foley and his family took part in the run last year, but this Thanksgiving, they plan to pitch in and volunteer their time off the track. “Actually, we’re going to volunteer this year because my daughter has a foot injury,” he said. “We’ll probably help with registration and t-shirts before the race, start line and finish line and food distribution. That’s where we’ll probably have the greatest need.” He said running on one of the biggest gut-busting days of the year is smart. “It’s great because there’s less guilt when you sit down to dinner,” Foley said. “It’s also nice because you’re doing a community event that is for a good cause that’s local. It’s nice to do something that’s homespun with your friends and neighbors, people you know, rather than with complete strangers.” Clayton Daly, a senior at Folsom High School, said the track was a nice one and he should know. Daly is a member of the high school’s track and cross country teams. “It’s a very flat race,” he said. “Last year, it was not very organized at all. The course wasn’t mapped out very well and there was some confusion with the race times. Hopefully, this year they’ve worked all that out.” Daly said when he ran last year, he saw many familiar faces. “It was a great course with a lot of people doing it. It was a lot of fun,” he said. “I knew a lot of people from the high school who ran. So that was also a lot of fun.” While the run is on Thanksgiving, Drybread said his goal was to get families out of their homes and exercising together. The traditional feast had nothing to do with the run’s timing, he said. “Any opportunity to get kids and their families to exercise, I do it,” Drybread said. “It’s not necessarily because it’s Thanksgiving and they’ll be stuffing themselves, it’s because it’s fun to do as a family. Kids have a good time and they don’t get tired. The kids are having a good time with their friends. It’s when you drag them to the mall that after 20 feet they get tired.” Drybread acknowledged last year’s run ran into some logistical problems that he hopes he’s ironed out for this year. “It’s along the bike trails and now that we have so many people, we’re closing North Parkway for about three-quarters of a mile to help accommodate a larger crowd,” he said. Drybread believes the entire day is about families and the run is no different. “We just allow the whole family to get out there,” Drybread said.