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Turkey Trot, Gobbler Walk Scheduled For December 15
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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 an exercise opportunity to burn off holiday calories and stress to participate in the 19th Annual Modesto Turkey Trot and Gobbler Walk on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Tuolumne River Regional Park in Modesto. The Trot, which is traditionally scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, was postponed due to unhealthy air quality conditions.

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 five kilometer run will start at 9:30 a.m. and the five kilometer Gobbler Walk begins at 9:35 a.m. The 5k 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 Thursday, Dec. 13 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.

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.