Encinitas Turkey Trot is back

The third annual Encinitas Turkey Trot 5K and 10K, a fun and healthy way to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday, is set for Thursday, Nov. 24.

Featuring thousands of local families and even some tourists, the race is both an athletic event and an expression of gratitude as a generous portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit both the North County Chapter of the San Diego Food Bank and the local Community Resource Center.

The course starts under the world famous “Encinitas” sign on the historic Coast Highway 101 and the scenic loop surveys some of the most popular surf breaks in the world on its way to Cardiff State Beach.

Registration is now open, and for the $44 (5K) or $54 (10K) fee, participants receive a soft cotton T-shirt and finisher’s medal. Water stations are provided throughout the course.

A costume contest promises to be one of the most entertaining aspects of the event, as prizes will be awarded to the top three individual and group costumed participants who best display the spirit of the annual event. Costume contest participants need to register at the costume contest registration table prior to race start.

The costume award ceremony will immediately follow the 10K race, which starts at 7:30 a.m., while the 5K and Costume Division races start is 8 a.m. Welcome and introductions will be at 7 a.m.

Race bib and T-shirt (packet) pick-up is strongly encouraged and will be held Nov. 20-22 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Road Runner Sports Carlsbad, 5617 Paseo Del Norte #100 in Carlsbad. Please bring any donated canned and/or nonperishable food items to packet pick-up to assist the San Diego Food Bank.

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— Submitted press release