Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

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(KTSF by Jo Wan) It’s a rainy day on Thanksgiving. But rain didn’t stop people from running or walking for charity.  Nearly 21,000 runners and walkers participated in “Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot ” early this morning. Runners included professional athletes and  elected officials. Most of the participants were  families wanting to spend time together on this special day.  One of those attending says “A lot of my friends and family want come to have a good time, get some exercise. You know try to be in a healthy spirit especially after eat so much turkey or plan to eat a lot of turkey today.” “It’s just celebrating Thanksgiving, keep them busy, it’s a wonderful event for the kids doing a good cause.”
 
This event started in 2004. Since then, it has raised more then $1.5 million for local charity. The goal is to raise $500,000 this year with the money going to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, and the Children’s Health Initiative of the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation.

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