turkey trot

The 3rd Annual Hot Chocolate Turkey Trot moves to Brite Lake this year and will be held Saturday, Nov. 19.

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District (TVRPD) is getting the holiday spirit rolling with its annual 5k run.

The 3rd Annual Hot Chocolate Turkey Trot will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m., and will feature a new location with the race starting and finishing at Brite Lake.

"We are thrilled to have done some improvements at Brite Lake, and are excited for the community to be able to run in a beautiful location," said Michelle Vance, TVRPD district manager.

According to Ashley Krempien, recreation coordinator for TVRPD, the new location for the popular event will offer both dirt and paved surfaces for runners. The top three finishers for both men and women will receive the coveted prized turkeys.

"It is a family fun run and not officially timed," said Krempien.

Following the race, all participants will receive mugs of steaming, hot chocolate. Individuals 21 or older can also chose to add a shot of Bailey's to their drink.

"This year, instead of doing beanies like we did in the past, we are doing big, ceramic finisher's hot chocolate mugs," said Krempien, who has been with TVRPD since March. "There is a swag bag for participants, and it has some goodies in it."

In addition to the mug and swag bag, finishers will receive a medal. CalPortland is sponsoring the race again this year, and Albertsons will be providing supplies as well.

The race will be open to all ages, however the fee is the same for everyone.

According to Krempien, all proceeds from the event will help fund TVRPD's youth sports events.

Said Krempien, "Come out and join us for our annual Hot Chocolate Turkey Trot. It is a family-fun event."

Register online at tvrpd.org or in person at the office location, 490 W. D St., through Nov. 16. Register early for $30, which includes parking, or at 8 a.m. on the day of the race for $35 plus a $5 parking fee. Same day participants are mot guaranteed a mug or medal.

For more information, call 822-32228.