Turkey Trot Los Angeles, presented by UAE-USA United, returns to Downtown Los Angeles on Thanksgiving morning, November 23, 2017, and raises money for those in need through The Midnight Mission. Angelenos ages two and up are invited to exercise before the big feast with the 5K and 10K Run/Walk courses and half-mile Widdle Wobble for the kids. Runners dressed in Thanksgiving costumes of turkeys, pilgrims and pies will start and finish in front of historic Los Angeles City Hall, and run around Grand Park and pass the world famous Disney Concert Hall, the Broad Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art. Participants will then trot along historic Spring Street, one of the oldest streets in Los Angeles.
This event not only brings the fun before the feast, but also offers a chance to give back to those in need. Participants are encouraged to donate time or money or bring blankets and towels to The Midnight Mission and funds raised will help to remove obstacles to self-sufficiency and provide the accountability and structure that people who are experiencing homelessness need to rejoin their communities.Participants can also purchase raffle tickets to help raise additional funds. Prizes include a highly coveted pair of tickets from Los Angeles to any destination on the Etihad Network, donated by Etihad Airways. This year's newest partner, Bombas, will be donating over 3,000 socks to The Midnight Mission. Bombas will donate one pair of socks for every pair of socks purchased by participants.
"Thanksgiving Day is an opportunity for all Angelenos to join as friends and partners, and Be Grateful Together on a personal, civic and global level," said Generic Events Co-Founder Brennan Lindner. "Participants will experience an amazing community event and have a direct impact on the continued epidemic of homelessness in Los Angeles through our partnership with Midnight Mission."
"We are delighted to partner with Generic Events and The United Arab Emirates for this year's Turkey Trot," said Mike Arnold, President & CEO of The Midnight Mission. "Here at The Midnight Mission, we help people regain self-sufficiency and combat the issues surrounding homelessness and gratitude in action will help create bridges to significant transformation. We are honored to be partnering with these extraordinary groups to raise awareness of the people who are living on our streets, hungry and without a home."
Families can bring little ones for the "Widdle Wobble" (ages 2-12), which is a fun run around Grand Park and features a fantastic kid zone with face-painting, potato sack races and more kid-friendly fun. Participants can also enjoy memorable photo opportunities with the 20 ft. tall turkey in front of the City Hall finish line.
Runners of Turkey Trot LA will be treated to a feather-ruffling post event festival, now taking place in Grand Park due to the increased attendance of the event. Los Angeles based DJ Cable will be spinning tunes for participants to work of more calories before dinner. DJ Cable has worked with some of America's top DJs, including DJ Vice and DJ Splice, and has been heard live on Power 106 (KPWR Los Angeles). While the participants are dancing, they will be treated to nutrition bars from Clif Bar, water from Boxed Water is Better, and more snacks from Noosa Yogurt and Vitamin Water.
Events begin at 7:45 a.m. and end with the Widdle Wobble at 10 am. The cost to register is $20-$70 and includes a Turkey Trot LA T-Shirt and a unique Finisher Medal.
For more information and to register, please go to www.turkeytrot.la.