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Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving

The early-morning run will benefit a YMCA program for low-income memberships.

November 18, 2011|By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com
  • The start of the first Annual YMCA Turkey Trot in Burbank on Thursday, November 25, 2010. About 700 people registered for the run. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
The start of the first Annual YMCA Turkey Trot in Burbank…

After a hugely successful first year, the Burbank YMCA again will host the “Turkey Trot” fundraiser on Thanksgiving Day, with proceeds earmarked to help pay the cost of memberships for people who could not otherwise afford them.

Philip DiNova, the YMCA’s Financial Development Director, said he expects 1,500 people, including Mayor Jess Talamantes, to take part in the run.

Last year, DiNova said, the YMCA raised $400,000 from the Turkey Trot and with that money, was able to reduce the cost of memberships for 1,800 people.

Depending on the individual or family, DiNova said, people can receive anywhere from 10% to 90% off the cost of membership through the financial assistance program.

“We don’t turn anyone away,” DiNova said.

A family membership to the YMCA costs $84 per month, or $56 per month per single adult.

The 5K and 10K run begins at 8 a.m. Nov. 24 at the YMCA at 321 E. Magnolia Blvd. Runners and walkers will make their way down Third Street, around the Cambridge Park Recreation Center and back to the YMCA.

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Participation in the Turkey Trot will cost runners $30 through Saturday, or $35 through Thanksgiving Day. A 1K run for those 12 and younger costs $15 per participant.

To register, visit www.burbankymca.org/turkeytrot.php.

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