By Hailey A.
Do you want to get out and do something fun and healthy on Thanksgiving morning? Don’t wait! come join us in running the annual Torrance Harry Sutter Memorial Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Fun Run.
The Torrance Turkey Trot started in 1979 with only 300 people in the first run. Now, thirty-four years later, there are around 4,000 people registered in the run. The Turkey Trot was named after Harry Sutter who always wanted to have an exercise event with friends and family before the big Thanksgiving dinner. But it wasn’t until after Harry Sutter died that his friend and co-worker, Forrest Hunt, went to a race-directing school with two others so they could make Harry’s dream come true. Now, thirty-four years later, Forrest Hunt is still in charge of our local Torrance Turkey Trot.
The Turkey Trot starts with a warm up led by 24 Hour Fitness instructors. Then the race announcements are made and everyone lines up. Laura Savitz, whose children attended Richardson Middle School, sings the National Anthem. After that Mayor Frank Scotto raises the gun and shoots to signal the start of the race and off they go!
The runners run a three mile loop then finish back where they started. After running the three miles, participants take their number off their back and head to the raffle. Many prizes are raffled off, such as mountain bikes, turkeys, gym memberships, sunglasses, and dinner certificates.
The Turkey Trot is a great way to start your Thanksgiving morning. You get to hang with your friends while being healthy and having fun. Animals used to be allowed to walk in the race with their owners, but sadly now dogs and goats aren’t allowed because people aren’t picking up after them.
If you would like to participate in this year’s Turkey Trot, it begins at 8:00 am in the Sam’s Club parking lot on Skypark Drive. You can register the day of the race if you get there early enough and get a commemorative T-shirt. The cost is $35.00 on the day of the race.