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Turkey Trots, fun runs offer chance to burn calories, help those in need

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Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017 3:30 pm

Ready to earn that Thanksgiving dinner? A number of fun runs for good causes are held in the Lodi area during the Thanksgiving break.

Giving back to the community and pre-emptively working off that second serving of mashed potatoes sounds like a win-win, right?

Run Against Hunger

The Thanksgiving morning run and walk has been a tradition for 13 years. Help to raise awareness and funds for the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton/San Joaquin while enjoying a leisurely walk or jog — or a more competitive run — along Stockton’s waterfront.

The 5K and 10K courses begin and end at Banner Island Ballpark, home of the Stockton Ports, at 404 W. Fremont St. in Stockton. The courses run alongside the Stockton Deepwater Channel to Weber Point before returning to the ballpark.

Registration is $40 for the 5K and 10K races, and $20 for the Kids 1/4 Mile Run. The first run begins at 8 a.m.

For more information or to register, visit or call 209-464-7369. Same-day registration is available.

Turkey Trot for Teal 7

The Strong as Steele Cancer Foundation is hosting their annual fundraiser at the Herald Community Center. The race is in honor of Taylor Steele, a Herald teen and Liberty Ranch High student who lost her fight with ovarian cancer in 2011.

Each year, runners and walkers turn out to earn some extra calories for the day and raise funds for ovarian cancer research.

This year, participants are invited to run, jog or walk a 5K — 3.1 miles — for the fundraiser. Hot coffee and cocoa will be available to start the day, and there will be T-shirts, medals and a raffle.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m., with packet pickup and late registration at 7:30 a.m. For more information, visit and search for “Turkey Trot for Teal.”

Klassen Klassic Turkey Trot

For the 11th year, runners will head to Murphys Park for the unofficial, family-oriented walk/run. Since 2007, the event has collected more than 15 tons of food for Murphys-area food bands and raised $23,000 for area families in need.

This year, the Turkey Trot will benefit the Murphys Food Bank and the Zach Peterson Memorial Fund. Peterson, a 16-year-old at Bret Harte High School, died from a blood clot in September.

The entry table will open at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, and will sell T-shirts as well. Group warm-up will begin at 8:45 a.m., and the run begins at 9 a.m.

For more information, call Brian Klassen at 209-607-5073 or email

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