More than 11,000 take part in 36th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot

Drumstick the Turkey Trot mascot gets young competitors pumped up before the Gobble Wobble Thursday. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
Drumstick the Turkey Trot mascot gets young competitors pumped up before the Gobble Wobble Thursday. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

By Andrea Papagianis

Before turkeys and all the trimmings hit the table and the first football was kicked off, thousands gathered near the Dana Point Harbor for a Southern California Thanksgiving Day sporting tradition benefiting area nonprofits.

The first runners of the 36th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot hit the harbor-side racecourse as the sun rose Thursday wearing smiles, racing bibs and a variety of festive costumes and hats. More than 11,000 would run, walk and trot in the 10K, 5K and kids’ 1-mile Gobble Wobble races throughout the morning, with thousands of adoring fans rooting them on.

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