Encinitas Turkey Trot gifts thousands to coastal communities

More than 3,000 runners – local San Diego families and tourists alike – celebrated Thanksgiving morning with a fun holiday cruise along the coast. The Annual Encinitas 101 Turkey Trot hosted thousands of participants and spectators for a 5K and 10K, Nov. 26. A family tradition, the race is both an athletic event, while also an expression of gratitude. A total of $10,505 was raised for the North County Food Bank, which is a chapter of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, the event’s charity partner.

The race, only in its second year, raised $7,605, with another $2,900 in corporate matching funds by the Brewer Family Fund ($2,000), Joe and Becky Mattee ($400) and Leavitt Insurance Group ($500). Nearly 2,000 pounds of non-perishable food were also donated by participants for North County Food Bank families.

Encinitas Turkey Trot organizers also arranged for 25 “Meals in a Basket” – valued at $50 each – for military families returning from Afghanistan. The Thanksgiving “Meals in a Basket” program was funded through a donation from Steve & Kristie Lebherz and Coco’s Restaurant.

Additionally, Encinitas Turkey Trot will be providing a $250 grant to the San Dieguito Academy’s music department, as well as $250 to Cardiff Elementary school’s art program, for their participation in the event. Another $500 was also awarded to Boy Scouts Troop #776 of St. John the Evangelist Church in Encinitas for their service during the race; they were responsible for manning the water stations and so much more.

Next year, the race hopes to raise $20,000 for the food bank and award 100 “Meals in a Basket.”

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