O’Side Turkey Trot’s Triumphant Return Set For Thanksgiving DayNov 01, 2021
Runners will race together again through downtown Oceanside at San Diego County’s largest ‘Turkey Day’ race
OCEANSIDE, Calif. – The O’Side Turkey Trot, San Diego County’s largest Thanksgiving day running event, will be welcoming runners back to downtown Oceanside this year and inviting them to ‘move their feet before they eat’ on Nov. 25. After moving to a virtual event during the pandemic, in-person participation will resume for the fifteenth annual edition of the race. Registration is now open for all distances.
“Turkey Trots are some of the most popular running events in the entire country, and, to me, it makes sense,” said Kathy Kinane, co-founder and race director of O’Side Turkey Trot. “Thanksgiving is all about family, and, when you put on a bib and step up to the starting line, you join a new family: one comprised of all of your fellow participants who will be beside you every step of the way, cheer you on, and share in the celebration at the finish line!”
Just like a Thanksgiving day spread, the O’Side Turkey Trot offers plenty of options to choose from. Race day features five unique events including a 5 mile, 5k, 1 mile, ⅕ mile, and a combo for daring runners who wish to tackle both the 5 mile and 5k course. For those who wish to participate from afar, a virtual 5k event is also available. Participants can tackle these events on their own or as a member of a team. The top five largest teams with over 20 members will receive $100 gift certificates.
While the O’Side Turkey Trot draws participants from over 46 states and 460 cities, the race is dedicated to impacting its local community. Over the past 15 years, the event has raised more than $380,000 for Oceanside schools and non-profit organizations.
The O’Side Turkey Trot and its organizers have received national recognition for the event. Runner’s World Magazine and the Los Angeles Times both named the race one of the top Turkey Trots in the country. Kinane was recognized in 2014 by Running USA with the Women’s Trailblazer Award for her efforts to promote the sport and her contributions to the road racing industry. She also was named Race Director of the Year by Competitor Magazine.
Before becoming a leader in the events space, Kinane was an accomplished runner herself. She qualified for and ran in the 1984 Women’s Olympic Trials for the marathon, which was the first time that women were allowed to compete in the 26.2-mile event at the Olympic level.
About Kinane Events and the O'Side Turkey Trot
Kinane Events have specialized in Southern California event marketing and management for over 30 years. Established in 1991, the award-winning Kinane Events team has managed over 180 large participatory sporting events including the O’Side Turkey Trot. For more information on Kinane Events, visit www.kinaneevents.com.