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Applied Materials Turkey Trot

Thursday November 23rd, 2023
San Jose, California
Distance: 10K · 5K
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Start Thanksgiving Day off on the right foot at the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot”. Before the big games, the big meal, the parades and the pies, why not get in a little exercise with a few thousand neighbors? It’s an event the whole family will enjoy! Many have made the “run” or “walk” a Thanksgiving Day tradition.

You’ll also be giving “thanks” by helping Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County,Housing Trust Silicon Valley,Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and The Health Trust. These charities provide families with their most basic needs for “health, hope, and a home.” The “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot”, founded and produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, is now in its 12th year and the total amount given to charity has exceeded $6.9 million.
There are several events to choose from within the 5K and 10K runs and walks, along with a kids fun run. Elite runners, joggers, and walkers will enjoy the downtown San Jose course, which is flat, fast and flows through downtown neighborhoods and business areas.

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Kat Powell
Great way to jumpstart Thanksgiving Day! And so close to home! Just walk to start line.
Applied Materials Turkey Trot, Race Date: 2022-11-24, Distance: 10k
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 31:09 OWEN MACKENZIE 21 Mountain View
2nd Male 31:18 BRENDAN CHRISTIAN 35 Sunnyvale
3rd Male 32:46 JOSEPH GROVERS 27 San Francisco
4th Male 32:47 DAVID BERARD 24 Menlo Park
Female 37:16 ELISE CHU 24 Davis
2nd Female 37:17 EMILY HAGGERTY 27 Sewel
3rd Female 38:19 LINDY ZENG 26 San Francisco
4th Female 38:25 JENNY XU 25 Cupertino
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 35:05 ANDREW LIAO 48 Corona
M 50-59 35:12 THOMAS TAYERI 58 Palo Alto
M 60-69 37:39 RAYMOND RODRIGUEZ 61 Los Banos
M 70+ 46:35 KARL BANE 74 La Honda
F 40-49 44:40 ANGIE GIACALONE 48 San Jose
F 50-59 41:34 XIANGYANG SONG 50 San Jose
F 60-69 51:01 TOMOKO TANAKA 61 Saratoga
F 70+ 57:37 REBECCA MEYERS 70 Menlo Park
Applied Materials Turkey Trot

On Thanksgiving morning, 2004, Carl and Leslee Guardino heard a radio report announcing “20,000 people downtown running and walking to benefit the needy” in Sacramento. Carl turned to Leslee and said, “Somebody ought to do a race like that here.” Leslee gave Carl that look that said, “Maybe that somebody should be us.”

Reaching out to Bob Brownstein at Working Partnerships, a think-tank arm of the Central Labor Council, a partnership was formed. Several months later, a major milestone occurred when Joe Pon of Applied Materials successfully championed to the company the idea of Applied serving as the Multi-Year Title Sponsor. With a title sponsor, and then several branded co-sponsors, the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot “was born.

Three great local charities serving local residents – Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, Housing Trust Silicon Valley and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties –were initially selected as multi-year beneficiaries, and a volunteer Executive Steering Committee started planning the first race, set for Thanksgiving Day, 2005.

  • Year One Goals: 1,000 participants, supported by 200 volunteers, with a stretch goal to raise $100,000 for charity.
  • Year One Results: 1,900 participants supported by 250 volunteers, clearing $132,000 for the three charities.

The event blossomed beyond everyone’s wildest imagination.

  • Year Seven Results: 22,124 participants, supported by 1,000 volunteers, clearing $612,000 for charity.
  • Year Eight Results: 24,223 participants, supported by 2,000 volunteers, clearing $700,000 (from the race) plus an additional $500,000 from a one time, anonymous donor totaling $1.2 million for charity.
  • Year Nine Results: 24,565 participants, supported by 1,800 volunteers. clearing $850,000 for charity.
  • Year Ten Results: 26,405 registrants, supported by 2,000 volunteers, clearing $936,000 for charity.
  • Year Eleven Results: 24,901 registrants, supported by 2,000 volunteers, clearing $936,000 for charity.
  • Year Twelve Results: 24,388 registrants, supported by 2,000 volunteers, clearing $912,000 for charity.
  • Total donated: More than $6.9 million.

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