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Turkey Trot, Gobbler Walk Planned For Thanksgiving Day
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The 42 annual Turlock Turkey Trot will be held Sunday at Donnelly Park. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. - photo by Journal file photo

The Modesto Junior College Cross Country Team invites anyone looking for some exercise before their Thanksgiving Day dinner to participate in the 19th Annual Modesto Turkey Trot and Gobbler Walk on Thursday, Nov. 22 at the Tuolumne River Regional Park in Modesto.

The fun run for boys and girls (13 years and under) will begin with a half mile boys race at 8:45 a.m., followed by a half mile girls race 9 a.m. The 5 kilometer run will start at 9:30 a.m. and the 5 kilometer Gobbler Walk begins at 9:35 a.m. The 5 kilometer course (3.1 miles) follows the Tuolumne River on a mostly paved path, passing through the old oak groves in the park.

After the race there will be an awards ceremony and refreshments. Awards are given to the top three males and females in eight divisions and all participants in the children’s runs receive a medal.

Pre-registration is available online through Tuesday, Nov. 20 at with registration fees ranging from $15 to $30. Group rates are available for schools, churches and other pre-registering large groups. T-shirts will be available for the first 1,200 registrants only, so pre-registration is encouraged.

Pre-registered participants can beat the race day rush by picking up their number and shirt the day before the race, Nov. 21, until 6 p.m. in the MJC Gymnasium located on Coldwell Avenue on East Campus. There is also in-person pre-registration available on Nov. 21 in the Gymnasium.

Race-day registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes promptly at 8:30 a.m. with registration fees ranging from $20 to $35.

The Turkey Trot proceeds support the MJC Women’s and Men’s Cross Country programs. For more information visit or contact Coach Demitrius Snaer at or (209) 575-6279.