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RACE DAY: Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., Nov. 27 | THREE START TIMES FOR 5K/10K: 7, 8:30, 10 A.M.
6,000+ RUNNERS & WALKERS EXPECTED at the 12th-annual Long Beach Turkey Trot presented by Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team, the Grunion Gazette, and Councilman Suzie Price's office on Thanksgiving morning.
• $30 5K/10K, til Oct. 12
• $355K/10K, til Oct. 31
• $38 5K/10K, til Nov. 23
• $40 5K/10K, after Nov. 23
• Remote Runner: if you are unable to be with us on race morning, we will mail your shirt/bib the week after Thanksgiving: $40 KIDS 1/2-MILE WINGDING
• $20, til Oct. 12
• $25, til Oct. 31
• $30, til Nov. 23
• $40, after Nov. 23 (if you are running the Wingding with your kids, please register for the Wingding and wear your bib. Each registrant will receive a bib and shirt.)
The registration company does charge a service fee if you pay by credit card. Entry fees are ABSOLUTELY nonrefundable and nontransferable. Rain or shine event.
No dogs, no bikes, no inline skates, no skateboards, and no scooters. Double strollers only allowed at the 10 a.m. start time. Wheelchairs welcome. Strollers and walkers MUST start at the back of the pack.
g THANKSGIVING DAY: THURS., NOV. 28, 2013 Hot to (Turkey) Trot in Long Beach! Before Filling Up on Thanksgiving, You Can Run It Off!
THE THANKSGIVING DAY 5K/10K Turkey Trot Run/Walk will take place on Thurs., Nov. 27, 2013, at the Granada Boat Launch Ramp, 1 Granada Ave., 90803 in Belmont Shore. Packet pickup is Wed., Nov. 26 from 3-7 p.m. at the start/finish line or 30 minutes before your race begins. MAP
Which food banks will receive the non-perishable food items that are collected?
In exchange for free beachfront parking on Wed. and again on Thurs. please bring two non-perishables. The most popular food bank items are:
• pearnut butter • Breakfast cereal
• Macaroni and cheese
• Canned fruit
Other items might include, soup, canned vegetables or canned fruit, jelly, crackers, applesauce, instant potatoes, rice, canned yams, boxed stuffing, pudding, cereal, baby food, shampoo, conditioner, disposable baby diapers, ravioli, cookies, cranberry sauce. This year the food bank is the AIDS Food Store of Long Beach (twice monthly distribution). Volunteers will accept your 2 goods or $2 cash as you enter the beacahfront parking lots on Wed. for packet pickup, and another 2 goods or $2 on race morning.
How can I win part of the $500 for my charity/school in the best legs contest? We are looking for the best legs at the Turkey Trot. Are they muscular, hairy, tall, skinny, and/or stocky? There will be a photo station near the finish line refreshments area to get your photo taken, as time permits, for this "Mr. & Ms. Drumsticks" contest. The male and female who get the most "likes" on their photo in our "Long Beach Turkey Trot" Facebook gallery the week following the Trot will get $250 each for their favorite local charity. We can only put up to 200 finalists' photos in our online gallery for this Mr. and Ms. Drumstick contest. There is no charge to enter. We will contact winners based on their bib number that will be clearly shown in each photo. See photos from last year’s Mr. & Ms. Drumstick contest. The photo area will be right next to the refreshments area. The contest is only for Turkey Trot registrants with bibs.
Can I help on Wed. or Thurs.?
Yes, we depend on approx. 150 volunteers to make the event a success. We need help Wed. from 1:30-8:15 p.m., and on Thurs. from 5:30 a.m.-noon. CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER
Is there a way to "check-in" to Facebook on my smart phone when I arrive? Yes. When you arrive, go to www.facebook.com/LongBeachTurkeyTrot
Where can I register for the race on race day?
Register at 1 Granada Ave. on the boat launch ramp, in the Belmont Pool parking lot, from 6:15 to 10 a.m. Be registered at least 30 minutes before your start time begins. The 8 a.m. start time is sold out.
Where do I register for the Kids’ ½-Mile Wingding on race day?
You can register your child at the main registration area at 1 Granada Ave. Details below.
I have a registration problem.
Go to the volunteers/help desk table in the registration area.
Where do I get my bib and shirt?
Packet pickup is Wed. Nov. 26 from 3-7 p.m. or Thurs., Nov. 27, 6:15-10 a.m. at least 30 minutes before your start time. We cannot guarantee shirts to anyone who has not been to packet pickup at least 30 minutes before their start time, or for anyone who registers on or the day before Thanksgiving. We cannot guarantee a Trot shirt for late registrants.
Will we be able to check our belongings?
Since the Belmont Pool is going through construction, we will not be using the pool's locker rooms/lockers this year.
What if it rains? This is a rain or shine event.
How many water stations will be on the course?
Water stations are just before the 5K and 10K turnarounds. And, plentiful water at the finish line’s refreshments area. SEE MAP.
Where can I see a map of the course? The entire course is on the beach bike path. SEE THIS MAP.
If it is cold or raining will there be a place to put my belongings?
Not this year. Please leave belongings in your car.
Why do you not have timing? We've decided to not hire a professional timing company for this race so that we can give that thousands more to charity. And, from past experience with our races, more than 75% of our athletes do not stay for the awards ceremony or wait to get their winning certificate. They want to race home to their families and feasts! There will be no age categories or online posting of race times. This is a no-frills Thanksgiving charity fun run.
Do you have a race clock?
Yes. We do have a large 2-sided digital race clock on the finish line so you can see your time. The race clock restarts when each new race starts at 7, 8:30, and 10 a.m.
Am I cool? Yes, very. You are hot to trot!
Can I wear a costume?
Yes, we love costumed runners and walkers.
Can I walk the whole thing?
Yes, we welcome walking. If you walk slower than a 15-minute mile, please register for a 5K.
When does the finish line and refreshments area close?
We close up at 11 a.m. so volunteers can go home to their families. If you do the 10 a.m. start time, make sure you can complete the event within one hour. If no, please select another start time.
PACKET PICK-UP QUESTIONS
When/Where will the packet pick-up be?
On the boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave., at the other end of the parking lot from the Belmont Pool, 1 Bennett Ave., 90803. Wed., Nov. 26 from 3-7 p.m. or Thanksgiving Day from 6:15-10 a.m. at least 30 minutes before your start time.
Can I pick-up a bib and/or t-shirt for someone else?
Yes, bring a note from that person that includes their full name, shirt size, start time. Give the note to the volunteer handing out bibs.
Can I register during the packet pickup?
Yes, we’ll have entry forms at the packet pickup. All races, including Kids’ Wingding, that are not SOLD OUT will be $40, cash-only/exact change at packet pickup and on race day. There are some "charity" spots available for SOLD OUT start times at $50 each.
Why should I pick my stuff up the day before Thanksgiving instead of the day of the race?
You will avoid the rush, hassle and worry of race morning bib/shirt pickup. When you get your bib and shirt on the day before Thanksgiving, you simply put on your bib and go straight to the start line.
Is parking free during packet pickup?
Yes, if you bring 2 canned goods/non-perishables or $2. Do not feed meters, since we've already rented the parking lot at 1 Granada Ave. on Wed. and Thurs.
Can I change my start time or shirt size?
Yes, if the start time is not sold out, you can edit your 2013 online registration up til 7 days before race day. CLICK THIS LINK TO EDIT.
What is my bib number?
We’ll help you locate your bib that will show your number when you arrive to packet pickup. Bibs will include your start time and distance you registered for.
Can we register as a group?
Yes. Every person needs to sign a liability waiver during the registration process.
Can I switch from a 5K to a 10K or vice versa?
You must start at the correct start time for the distance that you would like to run. To edit the distance on your registration CLICK THIS LINK TO EDIT. Changes after Nov. 21 will not be reflected on your bib.
Can I run more than one of the start times/races without registering?
No. You must register for each start time. Pay regular price for the first one, and just $10 for each add’l start time. You will receive just one shirt/bib.
Do I have to register my child for the 5K/10K?
Yes, every participant (regardless of age) should be registered for the race. Registering kids in strollers helps us with our fundraising, too. And, then your kid in the stroller will get their own personalized race bib.
WHAT IS THE EVENT ADDRESS?
1 Granada Ave., across the parking lot from the Belmont Pool, enter the parking lot at 1 Granada Ave., 90803, only. You can also park at the Belmont Pier parking lot or on 2nd St. and walk/jog to the start line.
When does the parking lot open? We encourage you to arrive after 6:15 a.m. on race day. Parking begins after 6 a.m.
Where does the race start?
The start line is on the boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave. The parking lot will close once it become full, and will re-open as spaces become available.
Where is the best place to park on race day?
Beachfront parking lots at 1 Granada Ave. and at the Belmont Pier only. Parking in these lots are free on Thanksgiving morning to our registrants (we've rented the lots for you). We encourage you to bring two canned goods/non-perishable items in exchange for the free parking. See parking lots on this map.
How early should I get to the starting line on race day?
We suggest being there at least 10 minutes before your start time. We expect 1,000 to 1,500 runners/walkers at each start time.
Where can spectators watch the race?
Spectators can watch from anywhere along the course.
WHAT’S ALLOWED IN THE RACE
Are baby strollers allowed in the race?
Single strollers are allowed at all start times, but we prefer they do the 10 a.m. only. Double strollers only allowed at the 10 a.m. start time, but please line up at the back of the pack. Please also let faster runners pass while you are on the course.
Can my dog run with me?
No, we do not allow dogs on our course. It's the law.
Are bikes, roller blades, scooters, skateboards, wagons or pets allowed on the course?
No, for safety and liability reasons.
Can I listen to headphones while participating?
We don’t recommend them. We want you alert to what is going on around you. And, you won’t be able to hear all the gobble-gobbles!
Where and when will the race results be posted?
This is a fun run, no-frills fundraising event for charity, with no timing and no race results. The charity makes a lot more money that way, without hiring a timing company.
Where is Volunteer Check-In?
See the volunteer captain at the volunteer/help desk at the registration area. The area is located on the boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave.
How do I get my volunteer slip signed for school?
Please get it signed by the volunteer captain at the volunteer/help desk at the registration area.
Where do I drop off my canned good items?
When you enter the parking lot, attendants will take your 2 canned goods or your minimum $2 donation on both Wed. afternoon and again on Thurs. morning.
KIDS’ ½-MILE RUN
What are the age divisions for the Kids’ Run?
• ages 7 & younger
When and where does the Kids Fun Run take place?
9:40 a.m. start for ages 8-12, followed by the 9:45 a.m. start for ages 7 and younger. Parents are welcome to run alongside their child (only if they are registered and wear their own bib). The top boy and girl at each of the two start times will receive a small prize at the finish line.
If my child registers for the 5K/10K race, can they still run in the Kids’ ½-Mile Wingding?
No, each child must register and have a Kids’ ½-Mile Winding bib to participate in the Kids’ ½-Mile Wingding.
Can I run with my child?
Parents may run with their children, but must also register for the Kids’ ½-Mile Wingding and must also wear the 1/2-Mile Wingding bib.
I’ve lost my child what do I do?
Go to the volunteer/help desk booth in the registration area.
RACE SHIRTS & BIBS
When/where do we pick up our official Long Beach Turkey Trot shirts and bibs? Go to the registration area on the boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave., at the end of the parking lot, just east of the Belmont Pool on the day before Thanksgiving from 3-7 p.m., or on race morning after 6:15 a.m. Shirts must be picked up at least 30 minutes before your race begins.
Do the race shirts come in women's and men's sizes?
Yes, women will be given women’s styled shirts. About half of the adult shirts will be styled for women. The youth sizes and adult 2XL and adult 3XL are unisex.
What sizes of shirts are available?
Sizes YS, YM, YL, S, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL (example: YS = youth small, S = adult small)
Do you have long-sleeve shirts?
Yes, you can upgrade to a long-sleeve shirt for just $10/cash, if/while supplies are available.
Where are the restrooms?
Restrooms are located at the start/finish area at 1 Granada Ave. Also, there are public restrooms and water fountains approx. every mile along the beach bike path and on the Belmont Pier.
Are there lockers?
Not for the 2014 event, since the Belmont Pool is under construction.
Do I have to pay for parking?
No. We have already paid for all beachfront parking lots on the afternoon before Thanksgiving and on Thanksgiving morning. We do hope you’ll bring two cans of food or $2 (min.) to donate each day, in exchange for free parking.
I’ve lost someone (child, parent, friend) what do I do?
There will be a “volunteer/help desk” table/booth setup near the registration area/start line. Go there to let the volunteer captain there know.
Will there be food/drink? There will be some refreshments for registrants wearing bibs after their race that is expected to include water, bananas, and oranges. Oranges and bananas at the finish line provided by the new Long Beach Gelson's Market.
What if I need medical help at the end of the race?
The medical tent will be located just past the finish line. There will only be a first aid kit. Call 9-1-1 for an emergency.
Will there be medical help on the race course?
If you need help along the course, please contact a volunteer at the 5K or 10K turnaround station. Always call 9-1-1 for an emergency.
FREE HOLIDAY PIES
Can I have one of the 600+
FREE HOLIDAY PIES you are giving out at the finish line?
Basically, every 9th person will get a pumpkin or apple pie from one of the Miss Long Beach or Miss Southern California Cities titleholders as he/she crosses the finish line. No need to ask for one -- they have a secret distribution method that is strictly adhered to.
Why do you give out pies?
Frankly, we all like to eat pie!
In the Greek games, a judge would stand at the finish line holding, in plain sight, the laurel leaves that would be awarded to the winner. As runners made their way down the final stretch, they were worn out, exhausted, tired, and feeling as though they couldn't go another step. But suddenly there was the prize in clear view, and a new burst of energy would kick in. GOT ANOTHER QUESTION OR SUGGESTION?
Email the race director at Justin@JustinRudd.com. PRIZES
We WILL award a prize and/or certificates to the overall man and woman in the 5K and 10K for all three start times. And, each 2nd and 3rd place will receive a holiday pie.
PLEASE CARPOOL OR WALK TO THE START LINE
We encourage locals to walk, take the bus or ride bikes. Long Beach Transit uses a "Sunday" schedule on Thanksgiving Day.
Awesome T-shirts to all runners and walkers (not guaranteed to late registrants). And, 600 holiday pies to random finishers! Oranges and bananas at the finish line provided by the new Long Beach Gelson's Market. 1/2-MILE, 5K & 10K COURSES 41/2-MILE COURSE (click) 45K COURSE (click) 410K COURSE (click)
The Start & Finish lines and free parking are beachfront at 1 Granada Ave. in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach, just east of the Belmont Pool. MAPThe flat “out-and-back” course, which heads toward the Queen Mary and downtown Long Beach, is along the very flat, scenic beach bike path. The turn-around for the 5K course is near the Junipero Ave. parking lot. The turn-around for the 10K course is near Shoreline Village. COURSE DETAILS BELOW
DO 2 OR 3 RACES Yes, it's possible to run at 7, 8:30 AND 10. It's just regular price for the first start time, and $10 for each additional start time. Pay with cash or check at packet pickup. SPONSORS Justin Rudd and his501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT); Councilman Suzie Price's office; Grunion Gazette.
CHICKEN CHUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP Spare the turkey! It's free to throw the chicken. Before and after the Turkey Trot, participants will take turns using their body (no machines) hurling a rubber chicken across the beach. See how many feet the farthest fowl will fly. Canned good donations accepted for local food bank.This free-to-enter contest takes place near the start/finish line -- on the beach.It goes on all morning. Be sure to enter -- and don't be a chicken!
NOTE RACE CLOCK ONLY - NO TIMING COMPANY
We've decided to not hire a professional timing company for this race so that we can give that extra $15,000+ to charity. And, from past experience with our races, more than 75% of our athletes do not stay for the awards ceremony or wait to get their winning certificate. They want to race home to their families and feasts! There will be no age categories or online posting of race times. This is a no-frills Thanksgiving charity fun run. We WILL have a large 2-sided digital race clock at the start/finish line so you can see your official time when you cross the finish line.
SHARE THE BIKE PATH
The bike path will remain open to the public during our event. Be cautious and considerate of all users. We do not have exclusive use of the bike path for this event.
Start/finish on the boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave., just east of the Belmont Pool. Stay left on the bike path heading west towards downtown Long Beach. For the 5K, U-turn just before reaching the Junipero Parking Lot. For the 10K, U-turn at the marina's "gangway V," just before Shoreline Village. Volunteers and water stations will be near the turnarounds.
The race clock is the finish line. ONE-MILE-TO-GO SIGN
Will be located on the course. "Mile 1" and Mile 2" signs will also be in place. No other mile markers provided.
We will gladly accommodate those in wheelchairs and other handicapped athletes.
2009 Winners runners crossed the finish line in this order:
1st, Peter Maksimow, 17:15, Manitou Springs, CO
2nd, Ruben Baerga, 17:30, Long Beach
3rd, Andres Betancourt, 17:34, Norwalk
Dawn Nagazina, 18:48, Canada
2nd, Katy Boyce, 19:06, Long Beach
3rd, Melanie Hardy, 19:20, New York
1st, Alan Grant, 35:05, Long Beach
2nd, Kamaren Robinson, 35:42, Long Beach
3rd, Norberto Santillan, 35:30, Long Beach