Dana Point and Burbank Turkey Trots

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Gayle Anderson was live in Dana Point for the the 2012 "DANA POINT TURKEY TROT," hosted by The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, TODAY from 7:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. More than 10,000 participants of all skill levels from 45 states and 100 cities in California have registered for this Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk showcasing the beautiful beach, rugged cliffs and coves of Dana Point. With an estimated 17,000 in attendance, the "DANA POINT TURKEY TROT" is one of the largest Thanksgiving Day races in the nation with a 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run/Walk, and the Mission Hospital's Kids Gobble Wobble Race. 

Race day registration and packet pick-up will be held in the Dana Marina Plaza across from the Dana Point Harbor on the northwest corner of Dana Point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern in Dana Point. On-site registration is available for the cost of $50 for the 5K, $55 for the 10K, $65 for both the 5K and 10K races, and $12 for the Mission Hospital's Kids Gobble Wobble Race. Arrive early to register, receive your materials and get warmed up before the race. Participants should plan to arrive 45-60 minutes before start time!

The 2012 Dana Point Turkey Trot Schedule of Events:

6:00 a.m.        Registration opens

7:00 a.m.        10K start

8:30 a.m.        5K Masters Start (age 40 and over)

9:10 a.m.         Costume Contest

9:30 a.m.        5K Open Start

10:15 a.m.       Mission Hospital Kids' Gobble Wobble Start (1 mile-- ages 5-12)

Attendees should also check out the Aviir Health and Wellness Expo, which is open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

This year, the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group to help Marines during the Thanksgiving holiday. Regimental Combat Team Five and 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines have just returned home after spending 12 months and 7 months respectively in Afghanistan. As thanks for all the sacrifices they have made, the 5th Marines service members, their families, veterans and Gold Star parents are invited to a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner with desserts and a beverage of their choice at Mahe Restaurant in Dana Point. Please consider sponsoring a Marine, their spouse, or their child to run in the Turkey Trot or make an additional donation to pay for this Thanksgiving Dinner for a Marine and his family. Visit the DanaPoint5thMarines.com web site to make your donations today!

Also, thanks to race day sponsor, Fitness Together, one luck and loyal fan of the Trot will win a fitness prize pack that includes a core stability ball with training DVD; a medium grade resistance Xertube with door attachment; a Fitness Together count down pedometer; a Fitness Together t-shirt, gym towel and water bottle; and a sleek
Fitness Together duffle bag. In addition, the prize pack will give this lucky winner a comprehensive fitness assessment and either four small group personal training sessions or two one-on-one personal training sessions at the Fitness Together studio! The winner will be randomly selected from social media users who liked the "DANA POINT TURKET TROT" Facebook page and responded to the blog post, "Why You Run" or e-mailed their responses to this topic to turkeytrot@boltpr.com.  PLEASE NOTE: The giveaway is open to residents of Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties. Winners must be 18 years or older or gave parent/guardian approval to enter. If the winner is under the age of 18,  the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce wil require written consent for minors selection. 

FREE 4-hour parking is available in the Dana Point Harbor, where you can also dine, shop and see the sites. FREE street parking is available in Dana Point along Pacific Coast Highway and in the Town Center area. $15 per vehicle (normal day-use) parking is available on Doheny State Beach. 

For more information, contact:

Today, November 22, 2012

7 am to Noon

Dana Point Turkey Trot
24691 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
www.turkeytrot.com

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Also, more than two thousand men, women and children will lace up their shoes on Thanksgiving morning and gather in Downtown Burbank to participate in the third annual Turkey Trot 5K/10K Run, featuring a new and improved course and Kiddie 1K Fun Run on Thursday November 22 at 8:00 am. Benefiting the Burbank Community YMCA's financial assistance program, the event features cash prizes for top finishers, running shirts for all registered participants, a fun expo, raffle and costume contest.

The 5K/10K double-loop course, measured to USA Track and Field Standards, will begin in front of the YMCA building at 321 E Magnolia Boulevard in Downtown Burbank, and will wind down Glenoaks Boulevard toward Alameda Avenue, then over to Flower Street, Verdugo Avenue, Lake Street, Olive Avenue and back to Third Street for the finish line.  

Participants are urged to preregister online at http://www.burbankturkeytrot.com/ or in advance at the YMCA, but last minute registration on race day is available from 6:30 am to 8:00 am.   Registration fee is $30 through November 15, after which the fee increases to $35. Kiddie 1K Fun Run is $15 (must be 7 years old or younger.)

Prizes include two $250 cash awards for top male and female finishers in 5K and 10K runs, and commemorative awards for the first three male and female finishers in each age group.  All registered participants receive a long-sleeve, high-quality shirt, with 1K Fun Run kids receiving a ribbon, prize and short-sleeve t-shirt. The event is open to everyone, from experienced runners to novices. Families are invited to show their support and cheer on the runners. Thanksgiving themed costumes are encouraged.

“We’re continuing a healthy Thanksgiving tradition,” said Burbank Community YMCA CEO, JC Holt.  “One of the Burbank Community YMCA's main focus areas is healthy living, and the Turkey Trot is a great way to kick off the season. Plus, proceeds benefit the YMCA’s financial assistance program, which offers reduced fees for people who want to stay healthy but can’t otherwise afford membership.”

Free parking is available for participants at the Burbank Town Center, located directly across from the YMCA at the corner of Third Street and Magnolia Boulevard. Street closure information will be available at http://www.burbankturkeytrot.com/ from November 19 through race day.

Presenting sponsors include Cusumano Real Estate Group, Burbank Town Center, Downtown Burbank Partnership and Buddy's All-Star Sporting Goods.  Event sponsors are Production Resource Group, Burbank Water and Power, Crown Disposal, Aramark, Fleet Feet Sports, Dr. Mark Kaufman, Dasani Water and Voskos Greek Yogurt.  The YMCA thanks these and other community sponsors whose generous contributions support this worthwhile cause.

For more about the Turkey Trot 5K/10K run and to register, please visit http://www.burbankturkeytrot.com/.  Additional information is available by calling the YMCA at (818) 845-8551.

About the Burbank YMCA

The Burbank Community YMCA is a non-profit organization that has been serving the community since 1924 promoting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  www.burbankymca.org

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If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

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