Thanksgiving Morning, in front of the Sam’s Club in Torrance. There are thousands of people, all with a white tag in front of their running clothes. The gun goes off and the runners start their 3-mile run. This is the Torrance Turkey Trot.
For those of you who do not know about the Turkey Trot, it is an annual 3-mile run on Thanksgiving Morning hosted by the City of Torrance. The run route is from the Sam’s Club, west on Skypark Drive, left on West 240th Street, then left on Madison Street and then right on Skypark again to the finish line near the Sam’s Club. After the run, there is a raffle with prizes ranging from gift vouchers to even mountain bikes! For all participants, there is a free commemorative T-shirt.
The run is currently in its 38th year, and it started in 1979 to honor Harry Sutter, a man who always wanted an annual 3-mile fun run in Torrance. The city of Torrance soon granted his wish a few years after his death and even named it after him. To this day, the run’s official name is the 38th Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Turkey Trot Fun Run.
This run is sponsored by companies and organizations like Village Runner, Torrance Refining company, and UFC gym. Some of them help fund the run, some donated the raffle prizes, and some help out in the pre-run, like DJ Ozzie, who played the music and UFC Gym, who did the stretches.
The 2017 Turkey Trot is already over, but to sign up for next year’s, go to the link below and either sign up online or filling out a form and sending it by mail or turning it at the Torrance Recreational Services building. If you sign up before October 10, 2018 you have to pay only $20, but after that date, you have to pay $30, and on the day of the trot, you have to pay $35 and there is a chance you might not be able to participate because of the limited slots available.
So thank you to the City of Torrance and all of the sponsors and I hope to see you next year on Thanksgiving morning at the Torrance Turkey Trot!
For more information, visit https://www.torranceca.gov/our-city/citywide-special-events/turkeytrot.