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Folsom Turkey Trot Hosts Thousands

Folsom Residents Come Together for a Grand Display of Community During the Season of Giving

A few things come to mind when I think of November; family, community, and giving. Folsom has always recognized the importance of giving directly back to our local community and seeks out engaging ways to do just that.  Like many other Folsom families, our family participates in The Folsom Turkey Trot.  It's a great way for families to spend their Thanksgiving morning together while also benefiting community members in need of support.

The Turkey Trot emphasizes bringing families together for Thanksgiving and the stroller-accessible route allows families with children of all ages to participate. Choose from a 5k walk/run or the 10k run and enjoy refreshments at the finish along with raffle prizes and a souvenir t-shirt. In addition to facilitating family bonding, the Turkey Trot creates an important sense of community. Every year, nearly 4,000 participants gather at the race start and walk/run together, forming deep bonds that strengthen the community. The history of the Turkey Trot has always involved dramatic support from local residents. The first Turkey Trot was hosted in 1896 in Buffalo, NY, with only six people registered and only four finishers. The first Folsom Turkey Trot, hosted in 2007, drew over 1,900 community members, over twice the predicted number of participants. 

The spirit of giving is strong among Folsom’s residents and every Folsom Turkey Trot participant adds to the community’s generous culture. Knowing that participating directly benefits everyone in our community makes taking part in the event immensely gratifying. Proceeds from the event go towards local charities including Twin Lakes Food Bank and the Folsom Athletic Association’s Youth Assistance Fund. Funds also go towards maintaining Folsom’s scenic Johnny Cash Trail. Running on the Johnny Cash Trail and knowing that you are helping to retain its beauty and accessibility is a special way to ensure our community can continue to appreciate and enjoy it.

Folsom is a generous community year-round and the Turkey Trot is the perfect vessel to channel that community care. Bring your family, meet new people, make a difference, and have fun. FolsomTurkeyTrot.com

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