YMCA’s 4th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot This Thursday

By On November 26, 2013

Before you stuff your face, kick off the holiday season with a healthy start and fun for the entire family at the Burbank Community YMCA’s fourth annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, Nov. 28.

Enjoy an early morning run or walk on a double-loop course through downtown Burbank and support a great cause, the Burbank Y’s membership assistance program, which makes its facilities and programs available to the children and families in our community who need us the most, regardless of ability to pay.

Serving as the 2013 Grand Marshal is Burbank Y member Gabriel Cordell, a paraplegic who is an inspiration to everyone he meets. Honoring a personal pledge to do something “extraordinary,” Cordell trained five days a week for eight months at the Burbank Y … and then made history this past summer.

Traveling a staggering 3,100 miles, Cordell became the first person to roll a standard wheelchair across the U.S., from California to New York. Even more amazing, he completed his epic journey in just 99 days. “I have never let my physical state dictate how I live my life,” Cordell says.

WHO: Grand Marshal/YMCA member Gabriel Cordell

WHAT: 4th Annual Burbank Community YMCA Turkey Trot
WHEN: Thanksgiving morning, Thurs., Nov. 28
6:30 a.m. – On-site registration
7 a.m. – Expo, warm-up
8 a.m. – 10K/5K Run start
8:10 a.m. – 5K Walk start
9:15 a.m. – 1K Fun Run start (age 7 and under)
WHERE: Burbank Community YMCA, 321 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank

Advance registration and info: www.burbankturkeytrot.com

Entry fee is $40.00 (adults) and $15 (kids). All registrants receive a high-quality, long-sleeve shirt.

More than 2,100 people participated last year in the event, which includes pre-race expo and warm-up with Burbank Y instructors; cash prizes for top runners; medals by age categories; and ribbons for all 1K Fun Run participants. Groups welcome (strollers and dogs too). Thanksgiving costumes encouraged.

Convenient free parking at Burbank Town Center.