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It’s Thanksgiving Day: Time To Do the Turkey Trot!

Published on Nov 22, 2023


On the lookout for a memorable Thanksgiving morning activity for your family? Think about the sixth annual Rose Bowl Turkey Trot. Taking place at the iconic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, this event promises not only a fantastic start to the holiday but also a meaningful experience for all generations.

On Thanksgiving Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., the Rose Bowl will welcome thousands of participants, including parents, kids, and everyone in between. Whether you’re a runner, walker, skipper, or jumper, you’re invited to take on the 5K recreational loop at ‘America’s Stadium’ and create lasting holiday memories.

What sets this event apart is its commitment to giving back. All entry fees for the 2023 Turkey Trot are fully tax-deductible, with every dollar going directly to support the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, a respected nonprofit organization.

The Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation’s mission is clear: to preserve, protect, and enhance the historic Rose Bowl Stadium. They do this by securing private funding to support various improvements within the venue and its surroundings. These enhancements extend to education, the community, and capital projects, ensuring the Rose Bowl’s enduring significance within the Arroyo Seco.

Since its inception in 2018, the Rose Bowl Turkey Trot has grown in popularity and impact. Not only has the participant count tripled, but the event has also become even more family-friendly. Along the 5K route, parents and kids can enjoy numerous photo opportunities, a photo booth, chalkboards for creative expression, and music to suit all ages.

The 2023 Turkey Trot promises even more excitement, with additional photo opportunities along the route and sponsor activations from Amazon Fresh and Roll-Em-Up Taquitos near the finish line. Plus, each participant will receive a Rose Bowl Turkey Trot branded medal as a token of their involvement in this festive, philanthropic event.

This year, the event aims to bring together approximately 4,000 participants of all ages, and yes, it’s dog-friendly too! Registration options cater to families, with free registration available for kids aged 9 and under, $30 for youth aged 10-17, and $35 for adults. For parents with students in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), there’s also an opportunity to register for free – simply reach out to your child’s school for registration details.

But the goodness doesn’t stop there. In addition to supporting the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, the 2023 Turkey Trot will also collect donations on behalf of the Pasadena Unified School District. These funds will go directly to support student athletics at four PUSD high schools: Blair, John Muir Early College Magnet, Marshall Fundamental, and Pasadena High School. These schools offer a diverse range of competitive sports, ensuring there’s something for every young athlete, from basketball to swimming.

The proceeds from the Turkey Trot will be used to equip these student athletes with essential emergency response equipment and sports physicals. Donations can be made during race registration or conveniently online.

So, for parents seeking a fun and meaningful way to kick off Thanksgiving morning with their kids, the Rose Bowl Turkey Trot is the perfect choice. It’s a heartwarming tradition that combines fitness, family bonding, and community support – the ideal start to the holiday season.  Registration is available online,

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