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Four Olympians and Top International Competitors will Seek World and American Records at Applied Material Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

The Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation announced full fields today for both their women’s Elite 5k presented by Silicon Valley Bank and their men’s Elite 5k presented by Juniper Networks.

While the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is often known as one of the world’s largest turkey trots boasting over 25,000 runners and nearly $1,000,000 in annual fundraising, this year the elites are leading the conversation. Athletes will contend for more than $30,000 in prize money and potential bonuses.

On the women’s side Shannon Rowbury returns as the most accomplished 5k runner in the field boasting a best of 14:38 on the track. Rowbury is coming fresh off a victory at the USATF 5k Road Championships in New York City and has the American road record in her sites.

“I’m certainly in better shape than last year” said Rowbury, “and you know, on the right day anything can happen.” Shannon will be challenged by fellow U.S. Olympians Kim Conley and Emily Infeld, plus 10k/marathon specialist Stephanie Rothstein Bruce. Full fields listed below. 

The men’s field is highlighted by Kenyans David Bett and Lawi Lalang. Bett has made no secret that the IAAF World 5k Road Record is his only goal. That record was recently set at 13:22 in Paris by Robert Keter. Lalang has a best of 13:00 on the track and has placed at Silicon Valley in the past.

Rounding out the elite field for the men includes Ethiopian Josef Tessema (13:22), Canadian Luc Bruchet (13:24 best), and American Jeff Thies (3rd at 2019 USATF 5k Road Champs).

Race Founder and Executive Director, Carl Guardino shared his excitement for the event. “This might be the most accomplished Elite field in our 15-year history and certainly has the most depth. While we expect over 25,000 runners at the largest timed Turkey Trot in the U.S., it brings me joy to also welcome some of the world’s fastest athletes to Silicon Valley on Thanksgiving Day”

(11/25/2019) ⚡AMP
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Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

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...

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The Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is celebrating its 15th anniversary

From elite runners to family strolls, it has become a treasured tradition for everyone.

Be a part of a community of over 25,000 trotters making a difference in the largest Thanksgiving run in the United States.

Founded and produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, the Turkey Trot has raised $8.7 million for five local charities: Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and The Health Trust.

By registering, donating, or volunteering you can help reach this year's goal of raising $1 million dollars for the beneficiaries to continue in providing our community with health, hope, and a home.

(11/21/2019) ⚡AMP
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Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

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...

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Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot organizers are watching air quality

Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino has had high hopes for the 14th annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. But with the Thanksgiving morning race just days away, his thoughts have naturally turned toward the tragic losses suffered by people affected by the wildfires in Butte County and elsewhere — and the blanket of particulate-filled air that has been choking the Bay Area. But for now, Guardino said Thursday’s race will go on as planned — with up to 25,000 participants on the streets of downtown San Jose. “While we are all devastated by the fires that are plaguing our state, and concerned about the current air quality from those fires, we continue to be told by air quality officials that the air quality should once again be at healthy levels on Thanksgiving morning,” Guardino said. Potential rain midway in the week could help clear skies in time for the race. If anything changes, race organizers will work to quickly get the word out through their website, social media and email. This was gearing up to be a big year for the Turkey Trot, as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation had embarked on “Mission $1 Million,” with a stretch goal of distributing that amount to its five nonprofit beneficiaries: Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, the Santa Cruz County Food Bank, Healthier Kids Foundation, the Health Trust and Housing Trust Silicon Valley. In the race’s first 13 years, it has donated $7.8 million and has come close to the $1 million mark the past three years. (11/17/2018) ⚡AMP
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