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Annual Turkey Trot set for Thursday
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A number of local residents will be starting out Thanksgiving Day putting on their running shoes and trying an early-morning run.

The annual Love Ceres Turkey Trot will be held at Ceres Christian Church, 3502 Roeding Road, Ceres. The 5K and 10K fun run is a fundraiser for Walter White and Westport elementary schools. The cost to enter is $25 per runner or a maximum of $75 per immediate family. Event organizer and youth pastor J.J. Beyronneau said the church had long identified the two schools as being in great need for support and that in years past the school donated supplies to help out.

Those wanting to get a large group involved should contact J.J. Beyronneau at 537-8931 for more information.

Check-in for runners begins at 7 a.m. with the race to start at 8 a.m.

In years past, runners started out on the campus and ran east on Roeding Road and then south onto Esmar Road, then east on Don Pedro Road past Faith Home Road to an orchard, before circling back to the church.

MJC Turkey Trot
Modesto Junior College Cross Country Team invites anyone looking for some exercise before their Thanksgiving Day dinner to participate in the 17th Annual Modesto Turkey Trot and Gobbler Walk on Thursday, Nov. 24 at the Tuolumne River Regional Park in Modesto.

The fun run for boys and girls (13 years and under) will begin with a half mile boys race at 8:45 a.m., followed by a half mile girls race 9 a.m. The 5 kilometer run will start at 9:30 a.m. and the 5 kilometer Gobbler Walk begins at 9:35 a.m. The 5 kilometer course (3.1 miles) follows the Tuolumne River on a mostly paved path, passing through the old oak groves in the park.
After the race there will be an awards ceremony and refreshments. Awards are given to the top three males and females in eight divisions and all participants in the children's runs receive a medal.

Race-day registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes promptly at 8:30 a.m. with registration fees ranging from $20 to $35. Group rates are available for schools, churches and other pre-registering groups.

The Turkey Trot proceeds will support the MJC Women's and Men's Cross Country programs. For more information visit or contact Women's Coach Mary Shea at or 575-6219.