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C.A.T. IS AN UMBRELLAorganization that includes Haute Dogs and: 4Halloween Kids' Costume Contest
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4Dog-themed Poetry contest
4Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
4$1,000 National Elementary School Spelling Bee
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4Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
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4Operation Easter Basket
4Operation Santa Paws
45k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
4Miss Long Beach Pageants (little miss, teen, miss and Mrs.)
4monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups.
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(we only give awards/prizes at the 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. start times) 5K Male - 10 a.m. start time
1st, Sean Graham, Long Beach, 15:35
2nd, Donaldo Cooper, Paramount, 17:07
3rd, Edwin Rodriquez, Lakewood, 17:55
5K Female - 10 a.m. start time
1st, Vivien Wadeck, Huntington Beach, 18:20
2nd, Olivia Gleason, 20:52
3rd, Katlin Richard, Long Beach, 22:00
10K Male - 9 a.m. start time
1st, Alan Grant, Long Beach, 35:17
2nd, Marty Conrad, Long Beach, 38:00
3rd, James Butler, Boulder, CO 38:30
2012 RATES Note: there is no group discount this year and no Groupon
- $25 5K/10K, rec'd by/on Sept. 30
- $30 5K/10K, rec'd by/on Oct. 14
- $35 5K/10K, rec'd by/on Oct. 31
- $38 5K/10K, rec'd. by/on Nov. 18
- $40 5K/10K, rec'd. after Nov. 18
- Kids' Wingding $20, rec'd by/on Oct. 31
- Kids' Wingding $25, rec'd by/on Nov. 18
- Kids' Wingding $40, rec'd after Nov. 18 (if you are running the Wingding with your kids, please register for the Wingding and wear your bib. Each registrant will have a bib and shirt.)
The registration company does charge a service fee if you choose to 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 9 and 10 a.m. start times. Wheelchairs welcome. Strollers MUST start at the back of the pack.
g THANKSGIVING DAY: THURS., NOV. 22, 2012 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. 22, 2012 at the Belmont Pool, 1 Bennett Ave., 90803 in Belmont Shore, just two blocks east of the Belmont Pier. Packet pickup is Wed., Nov. 21 from 1-7:45 p.m. at the start/finish line or 30 minutes before your race begins. MAP
Which food banks will receive the canned goods that are collected?
In exchange for free beachfront parking on Wed. and again on Thurs. please bring two canned goods or two non-perishables (i.e. soup, pasta, canned vegetables or canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, applesauce, instant potatoes, rice, canned yams, boxed stuffing, pudding, cereal, baby food, mac & cheese, shampoo, conditioner, disposable baby diapers, ravioli, cookies, cranberry sauce). This year the food banks include the ones at Parkcrest Food Bank (monthly distribution) and the AIDS Food Store of Long Beach (twice monthly distribution). Volunteers will accept your 2 canned goods/items or $2 cash as you enter the parking lots on both sides of the Belmont Pool, 1 Bennett Ave. on Wed. for packet pickup, and again 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 7-Eleven truck in 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 11:15 a.m.-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 on the outdoor patio behind the Belmont Pool 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 for 2012.
Where do I register for the Kids’ ½-Mile Wingding on race day?
You can register your child at the main registration area on the patio behind the Belmont Pool before 9 a.m. Start time is 9:10 a.m. 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. 21 from 1-7:45 p.m. or Thurs., Nov. 22, 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?
Yes, you can use the lockers inside the Belmont Pool locker rooms. Bring your own lock.
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.
If it is cold or raining will there be a place to put my belongings?
Yes, you can use the lockers inside the Belmont Pool locker rooms. Bring your own lock.
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 on the hour, when each new race starts at 7, 8, 9 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 patio behind the Belmont Pool, 1 Bennett Ave., 90803. It’s near the start/finish line.
Wed. Nov. 21 from 1-7:45 p.m. or Thurs., Nov. 22, 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, or download an ENTRY FORM HERE. All races, including Kids’ Wingding are $40, cash-only/exact change at packet pickup and on race day.
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 or $2. Do not feed meters, since we've already rented the parking lot for Wed. afternoon and Thurs. morning. The beachfront parking lot is located at 1 Bennett Ave. @ Ocean Blvd. See parking lots on this map.
Can I change my start time or shirt size?
Yes, you can edit your 2012 online registration up to 24 hours before your event HERE.
What is my bib number?
We’ll help you locate your bib that will show your number when you arrive to packet pickup.
Can we register as a group?
No, we do not have a group registration, but you can "add registrant" at the end of each time you go through the process. Then just pay once for the group. Every person needs to sign a liability waiver during the registration process.
Can I switch from a 5K to a 10K or vice versa?
Show up thanksgiving morning and run whichever distance you prefer. You must start at the correct start time for the distance that you would like to run. The 9 a.m. start is 10K only. The 10 a.m. start is 5K only.
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. However, if your child is in a stroller, it is not necessary.
WHAT IS THE EVENT ADDRESS?
1 Bennett Ave., 90803
When does the parking lot open? We encourage you to arrive after 6:15 a.m. on race day.
Where does the race start?
The start line is at the front area of the Belmont Pool, 1 Bennett Ave. The parking lot is “locked down” for 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after each of the 7, 8, 9 and 10 a.m. start times.
Where is the best place to park on race day?
Beachfront parking lots are on the east and west sides of the Belmont Pool. Add’l parking lots at La Verne Ave. and Claremont Ave. Parking in all 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 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 1,800 runners/walkers at each start time.
Where can spectators watch the race?
Spectators can watch from anywhere along the course. We recommend along the beach bike path between the indoor and outdoor pools.
WHAT’S ALLOWED IN THE RACE
Are baby strollers allowed in the race?
Single strollers are allowed at all start times (double strollers only allowed at the 9 and 10 a.m. start times), 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.
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?
Yes, but 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 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 patio behind the Belmont Pool
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?
Kids 1/2-Mile Wingding, 9:10 a.m. (ages 7 & younger) 9:15 a.m. (ages 8-12). Parents are welcome to run alongside their child, and we want those parents to register, too. The top kids will receive a certificate, a ribbon or a prize.
When and where does the Kids Fun Run take place?
The Kids’ ½-Mile Wingding begins on the beach bike path between the indoor and outdoor pools. 9:10 a.m. start for ages 7 & younger; 9:15 a.m. start for ages 8-12. Parents are welcome to run alongside their child, and we want those parents to register, too. The top kids will receive prizes at the finish line in front of the Belmont Pool.
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 wear a 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 back patio of the Belmont Pool, 1 Bennett Ave. on the day before Thanksgiving from 1-7:45 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
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 inside the Belmont Olympic Pool locker rooms. Ten additional portable restrooms are located just outside the entrance to the Pool’s locker rooms. Also, there are public restrooms and water fountains approx. every mile along the beach bike path and on the Belmont Pier.
Are there lockers?
Yes, you can use the Belmont Pool’s locker rooms and lockers. Bring your own lock.
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 on the back patio of the Belmont Pool. Go there to let the volunteer captain there know.
Will there be food/drink? Yes, there will be a hotdog cart on site selling foods. And, the refreshments area for registrants will include water, bananas, orange, energy bars and a 7-Eleven truck giving out food and drink samples.
What if I need medical help at the end of the race?
The medical tent will be located just past the finish line.
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 736
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 prizes/certificates to the top-three overall men and women in the 5K (10 a.m. start only) and 10K (9 a.m. start only).
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.
DO 2, 3 OR ALL 4 RACES Yes, it's possible to run at 7, 8, 9 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 Gary DeLong's office
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 -- between the indoor and outdoor pool, 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 in the parking lot in front of the outdoor pool at 1 Bennett Ave. Runners and walkers will travel east the length of the parking lot to Granada Ave. and take a sharp right onto the boat launch ramp for about 200 feet before turning right onto the beach bike path. 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.
On the way back, heading away from downtown Long Beach, take a left onto the pier and quick right down the ramp in front of the apartment complex, finishing your race on the north side of the Olympic Pool (not the Pacific Ocean side). 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.
MILE ONE MARK
From the start line to the west side of the Belmont Pier (bottom of the ramp) is one mile. A "Mile1" sign will be posted. HANDICAPPED WELCOME
We will gladly accommodate those in wheelchairs and other handicapped athletes.
PLEASE BRING CANNED GOODS TO DONATE
We will be collecting non-perishables and canned goods at packet pickup on Wed. and on the day of the race for the local food bank. Your donations can be placed in the large red plastic bins underneath the registration tables. Please donate at the packet pickup (day before Thanksgiving) AND on race morning. Also, Parking is free with a min. $2 donation to our nonprofit or a minimum of two canned good on each day (Wed. and Thurs.) that will be donated to local food banks.
2011 Awards 5K Male
1st, Brandon Shaw, Montclair, 16:14
2nd, Kevin Brulois, Long Beach, 16:17
3rd, Donaldo Lopez, Paramount, 16:40
1st, contact Justin@JustinRudd.com
2nd, Chloe Reindl, Grass Valley, 21:15
3rd, Allison Espinosa, Loma Linda, 22:00
1st, Bryce Jacobsen, Signal Hill, 34:24
2nd, Tomas Ventura, Bellflower, 36:00
3rd, Marty Conrad, Long Beach, 37:14
1st, Erika Aklufi, Santa Monica, 35:08
2nd, Hayley Bolt, Long Beach, 41:02
3rd, Lindsey Young, Redondo Beach, 42:22
1/2-Mile Winding Boy, 8 & under
1st, Marcos Tavarez, Long Beach, 9:50
2nd, Scott Kirchhoff, Long Beach, 9:59
3rd, Nicholas Hoddleston, Long Beach, 10:02
1/2-Mile Wingding Girl, 8 & under
1st, Celeste Ramirez, Long Beach, 9:53
2nd, Bella Vigeland, Long Beach, 10:06
3rd, Shalini King, Huntington Beach, 10:07
1/2-Mile Winding Boy, 9-12
1st, Caleb Wilkins, Long Beach, 9:14
2nd, Owen Gurich, Long Beach, 9:24
3rd, Patrick Aimone, Long Beach, 9:36
1/2-Mile Wingding Girl, 9-12
1st, Jacqueline Fillipow, Long Beach, 9:16
2nd, Drew Deleon, Long Beach, 9:25
3rd, Isabella Novoa, Lakewood, 9:26
Special thanks to Alpha Omicron Pi at Long Beach State; Alpha Phi Omega- Rho Rho Chapter; Volunteens of Long Beach; Whitney Red Cross Club; North High Student Council; email your group's name to Justin@JustinRudd.com. CHICKEN CHUCKING CHAMPIONS Youth: Griffin, #3938, 95 feet
Adult: Alex Timmons, 24, Long Beach, 135 feet
1st, Juan Valencia, 31, Los Angeles
2nd, Jacob Fox, 18, Huntington Beach
3rd, Pedro Ramos, 23, Long Beach
1st, Merrilee Blackham, 33, Odgen, UT, 20:05
2nd, Edwina Gillin, 27, Los Angeles, 21:25
3rd, Erin Nighswonger, 12, 21:33
1st, Leroy Thomas, 38, Ojai
2nd, Alan Grant, 37, Long Beach
3rd, Bryce Jacobson, 39, Signal Hill
1st, Erika Aklufi, 34, Los Angeles, 36:05
2nd, Becky Bershtel, 29, Long Beach, 41:40
3rd, Christine Loza, 24, Pasadena, 41:51
1/2-Mile Winding Boy, 8 & under
1st, Jared, 8, Seal Beach
2nd, Owen, 8, Long Beach
3rd, Jackson, 7, Long Beach
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