Thousands participate in Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot in San Jose

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Thousands of people came out for the 14th annual ‘Thanksgiving Turkey Trot’ marathon in San Jose.

Not only did they have clear skies for the Turkey Trot, they were helping raise money for a great cause.

The annual marathon hit the streets in downtown San Jose despite worries about rain and unhealthy air.

“14 days of smoke alerts from the fires that have been plaguing our state but today some 21,000 folks will help us hit our ambitious goal of raising $1 million dollars for needy families in the Bay Area,” said event founder Carl Guardino.

Pounding the pavement from Santa Clara Street to the finish line at SAP Pavilion, the 5k walk and 10k run, which includes many serious competitors, is mostly about amateur athletes working up an appetite in the name of helping the less fortunate.

The proceeds from the Turkey Trot go to the Health Trust, the Healthy Kids Foundation, Second Harvest Food Banks serving three counties and the Silicon Valley Housing Trust.

From it’s humble start in 2005, with 1,900 trotters, the race is now billed as the largest timed Thanksgiving Day run in the world and easily the most charitable, says Guardino.

“We have given away 7.8 million dollars in our first 13 years and we hope to give away a million dollars today alone,” according to Guardino.

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