Doing the Turkey Trot in Long Beach Before the Big Thanksgiving Feast

afm1One of our annual traditions here in Long Beach is here again and is one of the best ways to spend Thanksgiving morning.

That is the Turkey Trot in Long Beach, which offers a great way to get some exercise in and support local charities and food banks.afm7

The race takes place at Marina Vista Park at 5200 Eliot Street near the beach so you will have great views while you take on the 5k, 10k, or half marathon.

It’s a fun time for the whole family and a great way to burn off those extra calories you plan to consume over Thanksgiving!

There’s even a special racecourse for the kids so they can also get involved!

Don’t forget to stop by our Long Beach flower shop and pick up or order Thanksgiving flowers for your home or as a gift for your host. You can also get Thanksgiving centerpieces.

On our website you can also order fresh baked treats that are a great addition to the Thanksgiving table. Every item is baked fresh daily at our Long Beach bakery partner.afm4

Although we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so our staff can celebrate with their family and friends, we do plan on re-opening on Friday just in time for the start of holiday shopping with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.afm3

Don’t forget to stop by and support your local Long Beach flower shop plus order your holiday flowers and get some gifts checked off the list!

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Join in the Long Beach Turkey Trot!

lb4While you may have plans to eat a feast and hunker down on the sofa to watch football or plan your shopping strategy for Black Friday, some of you may want to get out and run or walk for a great cause. Plus, you’ll get your cardio in so you are that much more hungry when you get home to sit down to your Thanksgiving meal.

Every year, Long Beach features the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. It includes a 5K or 10K Turkey Trot Run or Walk. There is also a Kids’ Half-Mile Wingding, which makes this a great family event. It is held at the Granada Boat Launch Ramp at 1 Granada Avenue in Belmont Shore.lb1

The 5K and 10K kick off at 7am, 8:30am, and 10am. The kids’ race starts at 9:40am for ages 8-12 and 9:45am for those 7 and younger.

Thousands of participants show up each year for this great cause and to support those in need in the local community in and around Long Beach. The proceeds from the registration go to some important community organizations.

These include the Community Action Team (C.A.T.), which puts together approximately 60 events a year directed at the environment, animal, and youth welfare in the Long Beach area. The proceeds help the organization continue to plan and implement these special events throughout the year.lb5

Another important organization aided by the Turkey Trot each year is the AIDS Food Store of Long Beach. In exchange for free and convenient beachfront parking for the Turkey Trot, all you need to do is bring two non-perishable food items to the race that morning. This will help those in need during the holidays and throughout the year.

Two other aspects of the event include winning part of $500 that is available for a charity or school for Mr. & Mrs. Drumsticks, the two people voted as having the best legs through a Facebook gallery will receive $250 each.lb6

If you are not up to running but want to participate, you can volunteer on Wednesday or Thursday as the success of the event depends on help from up to 150 people.

Long Beach Turkey Trot Kids Run, 5K, and 10K – A Great Way to Start Thanksgiving Day!

Web BannerBefore sitting down at your beautifully decorated dinner table with flowers from Allen’s Flower Market, get your exercise in by signing up for the Long Beach Turkey Trot with a kids run, 5K, and 10K. This is a great way to burn some of those Thanksgiving calories that will be consumed later in the day.

There are various race times for this event, starting and ending at the Belmont Olympic Pool located at 1 Bennett Avenue in the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach. More than 6,000 runners are walkers are expected at this 11th annual event. Parking information can be found online as well as maps and additional information.

The flat “out-and-back” course, which heads toward the Queen Mary and downtown Long Beach, is on the scenic beach bike path.

The 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk starts at 7:00, 8:00, and/or 10:00; 10K (6.2 miles) run/walk begins at 7:00, 8:00, or 9:00 a.m., and the 1/2-Mile Kids’ Fun Run starts at 9:10 a.m. (ages 7 & under) and 9:15 a.m. (ages 8-12). Unfortunately, dogs are not welcome for this particular running and walking event, so please leave them at home!turkeytrot2

This community event is put on by C.A.T., the Community Action Team that was put together as a non-profit organization to promote social well-being among those who live in Long Beach. The event is also sponsored by the Grunion Gazette and Councilman Gary DeLong’s office.

There are charities that will benefit from the race’s proceeds, including food banks who would appreciate donations of canned goods at the event. In fact, in exchange for free beachfront parking on Wednesday and Thursday, all you have to do is bring two non-perishable items.turkeytrot3

The event is putting on a best legs contest with a $500 prize that will be given to the charity or school of your choice!

There is still time to register online! They also are looking for volunteers to help out at the event! This is a great way to show your thanks on Thanksgiving Day by spending it with your community and neighbors before you join your loved ones later for Thanksgiving dinner!