Despite all outward appearances — the faux plumage, the yellow beak, a pair of wings at the ready — Soyoung Kim proved to be no turkey on a sunny Thanksgiving morning.
Even if she appeared, in her own words, overly cooked.
“I’m going to become a dry-as-a-bone turkey after this,” said Kim, laughing while wearing a sweltering, head-to-toe turkey outfit for a morning run before sitting down for the big meal.
Thousands of people — many of them dressed in turkey outfits accented with pairs of running shoes — galloped along Lake Merritt and through downtown Oakland on Thursday morning for the Oakland Turkey Trot. The annual 5-kilometer race was among several pre-Thanksgiving meal running events held Thursday across the Bay Area, including in San Francisco, San Jose and Walnut Creek.
Each of them offered a chance for residents to work off a few calories before the day’s belt-busting activities, often while raising money for charities across the region.
“It’s all about community-building, one turkey leg at a time,” said Eduardo Neal, 51, who, like Kim, donned a turkey suit for the affair.
At least 4,200 people participated in Oakland’s race, which was expected to raise about $50,000 for a slew of nonprofits and charities across the city, said Ryan Dawkins, the race’s director. Those beneficiaries included the Alameda County Community Food Bank, the A-Z Fund at the Oakland Public Education Fund and Running for a Better Oakland.
The festivities represented a return to normalcy for race organizers after the pandemic took a sizeable bite out of signups and donations for the annual gathering. Organizers opted to hold 2020’s event virtually — allowing people to run 5 kilometers on their own, rather than participate as one large group. Despite returning to …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment