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A Redding Thanksgiving Trot

By | 11/22/2013


Turkeys aren't the only ones on the run around Redding on Thanksgiving Day- thousands of locals and visitors will race, walk, and wheel along the river in the 28th Annual SRMC Turkey Trot! 

The 6 mile race or 2 mile fun run/walk has become a holiday tradition for many families and is a great way to get some fresh air and work up an appetite for The Big Meal. Put on every year by the Shasta Regional Medical Center, the Turkey Trot raises money for local organizations and last year divided $45,000 between the Good News Rescue Mission and One Safe Place. This year's proceeds will go to the Good News Rescue Mission, Girls On The Run, and the City of Redding Parks and Recreation.

The rain or shine event begins riverside at Dieselhorst Landing; the race course follows the Sacramento River Trail and the fun run/walk loops through Trot-friendly neighborhoods (where residents hand out cider and glad tidings) before winding back along the river. Many trotters seize the festive opportunity to dress up- usually as turkeys (of course), but all manners of wacky costumes dot the 2 mile stretch. All generations participate, and locals and those coming home for the holiday find themselves trotting into friends and acquaintances along the way. Kiddos age 8 and under can participate in the Diestelhorst Dash: a quarter mile sprint from one end of the historical bridge to the other (great for burning energy so they'll nap before dinner and eat all their green beans!). 

Whether you're visiting Redding this Thanksgiving or looking for a way to spend the day with those coming into town, the 28th annual Turkey Trot is a delightful way to get together, get outside, and support the community. 

Register for the Turkey Trot here (and don't forget to order your sweatshirt!):

Turkey Trot 2012 photo by Chris Flentye 

UPDATED! If you'd like to cheer on a Turkey Trot racer or are just curious about either route, we now have a map! 

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