FAIRFIELD — Carolyn Higgins ran the 5-kilometer race in last year’s Turkey Trot and found it a good experience for several reasons.
The race took place on a beautiful fall morning. It was a great way to start Thanksgiving, she said.
Plus, she said, there’s the knowledge the Turkey Trot is for a good cause.
The event benefits Mission Solano, Heather House, Meals on Wheels and Children’s Nuturing Project, all local charities. Last year’s event raised about $48,000 and had more than 1,800 people register.
This year’s event starts at 8 a.m. at Solano Community College. Go to http://www.solanoturkeytrot.org for more information.
Donna Quintero will be there to run her first 5-kilometer race. She is community relations manager for Mission Solano and helped organize the inaugural race in 2009.
“I helped put it on,” Quintero said. “Now it’s my turn to actually participate.”
She’s taking a running program from Fleet Feet to get in shape for the race.
“I was kind of scared of running,” she said.
The Turkey Trot can change that. For example, Higgins has run three races since last year’s event. She said she plans to be back for the Turkey Trot again this year, this time for the 10-kilometer race.
“It’s part of getting healthy and staying active,” Higgins said. “I never thought I’d be a runner.”
And all for a good cause: Mission Solano runs a Fairfield homeless shelter and programs for the homeless, Heather House runs a Fairfield shelter and programs for women and families, Meals on Wheels delivers meals to seniors and the Children’s Nuturing Project provides programs for children and families.
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