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Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot”

Here’s food for thought . . . If you can dream it, you can do it.

Eight years ago, my wife Leslee and I woke up on Thanksgiving morning with a crazy idea.

To build community, help the needy and start the holidays in a fun and healthy way, we founded – and still direct – the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot.

That first year, 2005, we had no idea if anyone would show up. Much to our relief, we exceeded our “stretch goal” of 1,000 paid participants, when 1,900 people toed the line for our 5-k run or walk and our 10-k run.

Applied Materials came on-board as our generous title sponsor. We selected Second Harvest Food Bank, the Children’s Health Initiative and the Housing Trust Fund as our three charities and my good friend Bob Brownstein of working partnerships was an early ally.

Today, eight races later, our little Turkey Trot has grown into a Thanksgiving Day tradition. We expect 25,000 paid participants this year, along with 1,500 kids in our kids fun run.

Thanks to generous sponsors, we should be able to donate $750,000 this year to charity, bringing our 8-year total to more than $3 million.

This year, on Thanksgiving morning, don’t sleep in.  Instead, step up – and join us in downtown San Jose.  It’s the best way to start the holiday. Register here

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