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Thousands of people will start the Thanksgiving holiday with a fun and healthful cruise along the coast for the annual Encinitas Turkey Trot.

The course starts and finishes under the famous “Encinitas” sign on the historic Coast Hwy 101 in beautiful Encinitas, Calif. This scenic loop turns around at the famous “Cardiff Kook” statue, rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in the world, and miles of ocean views.  

This year’s event will support Veterans Association of North Country (VANC), a nonprofit actively supporting military personnel and families after service, and its holiday efforts to provide Christmas dinner and holiday gifts for hundreds of active-duty families from Camp Pendleton. The Turkey Trot will also provide grants to Boy Scouts of America – Encinitas Troop 776 and Cardiff School District.  

The costume contest is one of the most entertaining aspects of the event. Prizes will be awarded to the top three participants who best display the spirit of Thanksgiving – 1st place = $250, 2nd place = $150, and 3rd place = $100. Costume contest participants need to register at the Costume Contest Registration table prior to 7am. The costume award ceremony will immediately follow the 10K race. 

Registration is now open – $48 for the 5K, $58 for the 10K, and free for kids 7 and under for the Kids K. Each participant receives a soft cotton T-shirt and finisher’s medal.  

The 10K race start is 7:30 a.m., while the 5K start is 8:00 a.m. Kids K will start in between at 7:40 a.m. Welcome and introductions take place at 7:00 a.m. with awards ceremony at 9:20 a.m. 

This year’s sponsors are Road Runner Sports, Herman Cook Volkswagen Encinitas, and Excelarace.  

For more information on the event or to register, go to  

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