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Giving thanks as we burn calories, benefit community

By From page B4 | November 13, 2013

Autumn is, without question, one of the most beautiful times of the year. The fall color is simply amazing and the crisp morning air just begs us to get out for a morning walk.

There is an exterior beauty to be found in our community. Two fall events bring out an interior beauty that is far more spectacular.

I’m speaking, of course, about the annual Folsom Turkey Trot and the Sacramento Run to Feed the Hungry.

Both events are held Thanksgiving morning. And both benefit local food pantries that provide services to those in need. As we all know, when Mom or Dad gets laid off, the first tightening of the family budget is at the waistline. Groceries become a luxury — but are still a necessity.

The Folsom Turkey Trot benefits the Twin Lakes Food Bank and the “Never in Our Town” Folsom Youth Assistance Fund. Twin Lakes serves families in El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Granite Bay and Orangevale.

The Run to Feed the Hungry benefits the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, which serves families in Sacramento County.

These events are fun because everyone is in a good mood. Folks come in comfy clothes or dress up as turkeys, wear silly hats … you name it. 

Folsom Turkey Trot

The annual Folsom Turkey Trot is a 5K run/walk and 10K run event for all ages.

Participants will enjoy the Folsom Parkway trail system, starting at the corner of Blue Ravine and North Parkway Drive.

The Turkey Trot takes place on Nov. 28, rain or shine. The 10K begins at 8:50 a.m. and the 5K start is at 9:10 a.m.

Even the family pooch is welcome, so long as Fido is good with other dogs and people. (Be sure to bring a short leash; no retractable leashes are permitted).

Participation is limited to 4,000 humans, so be sure to register online at Registration is $30 and includes a T-shirt. Visit the website for more information. 

Run to Feed the Hungry

The “Big One” is the Run to Feed the Hungry in Sacramento’s Fab ’40s neighborhoods. Some 30,000 people will gather for Sac-town’s biggest “happening” of the year.

RTFTH is also a 5K run/walk and 10K run. The 10K starts at 8:35 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9 a.m. Bishop Jaime Soto will bless all the runners at the start of the race.

Fido, though, has to stay home for this one. It’s too crowded for tiny paws — or big ones.

Visit to learn more about registration fees for individuals and teams. A T-shirt is included with your registration fee. 


The good will and cheer at both of these events are infectious. Go to one and you will definitely be back the next year … and the next.

Hungry families are in the heart of every community. It is beautiful to see how our community turns out to help. Any one of us could “be that family” in need, but for the grace of God. These events are a great way to give back and to “pay it forward.”

And ultimately, there is nothing like burning a few calories before sitting down with friends and family to give thanks for the many blessings we all have in our lives. 

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Susan Laird


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