Run, Turkey, Run raises Boosters funds

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Everyone is invited to break a sweat before feasting at the sixth annual Run Turkey Run 5K/10K in Almaden Valley on Thanksgiving.

The race raises money for the Bret Harte Middle School Boosters Club to support sports teams and other clubs.

“Not a lot of middle schools have more than two or three school sports and we have double, quadruple that number,” said Rikki Quevedo, event organizer and mother of a sixth- and eighth-grader at Bret Harte.

Quevedo said the fundraiser also pays for teachers to supervise lunchtime programs and activities such as chess for youths less athletically inclined “so everybody has something to do at lunch, so that shy kid who doesn’t know how to talk to anyone isn’t sitting by himself.”

Last year the Boosters Club got new equipment for the school’s cardio room with funds raised at the previous Run Turkey Run. Race attendance has grown exponentially since its modest roots six years ago, when about 100 to 150 runners participated. There were about 1,200 runners two years ago, and Quevedo said more than 1,700 people showed up last year.

“We didn’t cut off the registration completely,” she said. “ We just let it go, and we had over 1,700 people. Eventually we had to cap it and say that’s too many; 1,700 was the limit,” she said.

About half as many people are already signed up for this year’s run, including some out-of-towners.

“It’s mostly families; it’s a lot of the Almaden community, but then we also get people from outside of the area,” Quevedo said. “I think we have somebody from San Francisco registered, so really just all over. And a lot of those people have family coming into town to visit for the holiday, so we even have people from out of state but it’s mostly, mostly families.”

Both the 5K and 10K routes will start at Leland High School, go down Camden Avenue and along the paved Los Alamitos Creek trails, then wind back to the finish line at Leland.

Run Turkey Run’s modest entry fee may appeal to people who may want to skip the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot in downtown San Jose but still be part of a charitable race.

“It’s easier for them to park,” Quevedo said. “You can find a parking spot within a block or two, and if you’re running the race downtown, it’s way more people, it’s crowded.”

Run Turkey Run takes place at Leland High School, 6677 Camden Ave., with the 10K race starting at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K race at 8:40 a.m. Registration through Nov. 23 is $25 per person; a limited supply of shirts will be on sale for $15 at packet pickup and race day. Same-day registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. To register online, visit runsignup.com/Race/CA/SanJose/AVRTR.



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