OCEANSIDE, November 25, 2014 - On a day of gratitude, we want to say: "Thank you for your record turnout at the 2014 Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot."
The 9th annual edition of the race will get underway at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day in Oceanside with a record crowd. Registration is still available on-site at the Jr. Seau Beach Community Center below the Oceanside Pier on Wednesday and on race morning so a final figure on participation is obviously not available, but the race is well on pace to eclipse last year's crowd of 10,000.
The record crowd will have a big impact on local schools and non-profit organizations.
The O'side Turkey Trot is unique in that entrants can choose to have $5 of their entry fee go to support a local school or non-profit. And, most entrants did just that. The Austin Bice Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Boys & Grils Club of Oceanside, the Semper Fi Fund, and the Move Your Feet Before You Eat! Foundation are among the leading non-profit beneficiaries this year. Tri City Christian, whose 9th grader Andrew Seelhoff is running his first race at the O'side Turkey Trot since having a leg amputated in June, is among the leading schools benefiting.
In its first eight race, the PMCU O'side Turkey Trot raised more than 180,000, and that figure will rise considerably this year. The next effect of all the fund-raising will be scholarships and other opportunities for young people, help for those serving in the military, and a boost to countless other organizations that make a difference in Oceanside and North County. We can't thank you enough for your support, and we'll continue to have updated information on this on our Schools/Non-Profits Page.
The 9th running of what has become a holiday tradition in downtown Oceanside will bring together all segments of the community, mixing ingredients like a Thanksgiving dinner to create a memorable day for which to give thanks.
The growth of the event has been remarkable - from less than 2,000 in its debut to this year's record crowd. Along with the increased crowd have come faster times. And the elite runners in this year's field will be chasing some formidable course records.
Last year, Lukas Verzbicas, once one of America's top young running talents and on the comeback trail after a serious bike accident left him with injuries so severe it was feared he would not walk again, blistered the 5 Mile course in 25 minutes, 16 seconds. It was a course record. The women's course record for the 5 Mile Run is 28:49, set in 2011 by Claire Rethmeier, who also holds the 5K course record of 16:33, set in 2012. For the men, the 5K course record is 14:37, set in 2011 by David Edwards.