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Thanksgiving Day Family Tradition Unites Friends, Families, and Communities

20th Annual Forma Gym Walnut Creek Turkey Trot Unites Friends, Families, & Communities for Education and Health

 This year’s Thanksgiving Day in Walnut Creek will offer a bit more than turkey and football.  For the 20th consecutive year, Forma Gym (formerly Walnut Creek Sports & Fitness Club) will be giving back to its local community with its annual Thanksgiving Day Charity Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk. The 20th Annual Forma Gym Walnut Creek Turkey Trot 5K/10K/Kids’ Runs takes place in beautiful downtown Walnut Creek in an effort to promote a city-wide celebration of fitness, exercise and living a healthy lifestyle, with registration fees and donations going directly to the local public schools, the Contra Costa & Solano Food Bank and the Wellness City Challenge. This is a great event for the entire family and a fun, generous way to kick off your Thanksgiving Day (November 22nd).

The event, produced by Forma Gym, is supported by the WC Chamber of Commerce and will benefit the Walnut Creek Education Foundation (WCEF) and P.E.A.K. Education Foundation for the 3rd consecutive year.  The foundations, who together help support nearly 10,000 K-12 public school students in Walnut Creek, have received $85,000 from the last 2 Turkey Trots combined. “We are proud to be working with our community members and business partners to give back to our schools that desperately need funding to offset repeated/on-going  state budget cuts during this economic downturn”, states Bob Boos, Race Director for the event. “Physical Education programs in schools have been hit especially hard and with our ever-growing epidemic of childhood obesity, it is critical that we step in and help any way we can to promote physical activity and support the community we live and work in.”  In addition this year, Forma Gym has added the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano and the Wellness City Challenge as beneficiaries.  All beneficiaries are 501 (c) 3 non-profit organizations that benefit the local community.

This event originally started as a fun way to encourage members and their families “to move their feet before they eat” on Thanksgiving morning, but has evolved from that concept into a tremendously successful charity event, which has raised money for multiple charities over the years including the Special Olympics and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Last year, the event attracted 4600 participants from 32 states, which produced a donation to the schools in the amount of $60,000.  This year’s event could potentially attract as many as 6000 participants.  “Now, we’re working to spread the word to the community and media in hopes that people and other small businesses like ours will support a healthy tradition and a great cause” says Forma Gym Owner President/CEO Robert Jackson. “We have a passion for healthy lifestyles and public service and are proud to partner with our beneficiaries to get people involved with the Turkey Trot, what better reason than to help our community and future generations receive much needed funds, better education and healthy lifestyle and nutrition habits.”

Downtown Walnut Creek not only offers runners and walkers a beautiful venue, it offers a centralized location and is adjacent to plenty of downtown parking and businesses. The first race kicks off at 8:00 am, followed by a Costume Contest and Kids’ Fun Runs scheduled for 10:00am. Pre-registration is available via mail, in-person at Forma Gym at 1908 Olympic Blvd. or online at www.wcsf.net or www.webconnex.com. Participants may also register on the morning of the event. All participants receive a commemorative t-shirt, goody bag stuffers and enjoy refreshments, music, kids’ activities and a morning to remember!