Despite below 50 degree temperatures and heavy rain, Long Beach runners didn’t let the cold weather stop them from partaking in the 17th annual Turkey Trot.
Hundreds of early risers met at the beach between Granada and Ocean Boulevard at around 6 am on Thanksgiving to run the popular 5 and 10-kilometer race.
“We’re just completely soaked from head to toe, but it was fun,” says local resident, Jesus Valdivia.
Accompanied by his teammate, Jasmine Wilkerson, and Jesus Valdivia were among the early birds proudly representing their team, the “Hybrid Club”.
“I’m still shaking,” said Wilkerson after proudly finishing her first Turkey Trot.
The Long Beach Turkey Trot is not just about burning calories. For almost two decades, the community of Long Beach have run and walked to support Justin Rudd’s non-profit, Community Action Team which helps promote social well-being.
“We put on about 60 events and projects every year, and I’m very thankful for all these runners and walkers who showed up today,” says Justin Rudd.
As runners made it to the finish line, they were greeted by the Long Beach royal court with pies and snacks.
For more information on Justin Rudd and his non-profit projects, visit justinrudd.com. Happy Thanksgiving!
By: Claudia Bermudez