They say the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day. It is also reported that it takes between six and seven hours of moderate exercise to burn off that many calories. Perhaps it was that information, coupled with the desire to support the Burbank Community YMCA, that inspired hundreds of folks to brave an early mist on Thanksgiving morning to participate in the Y’s annual Turkey Trot.
Gearing up for the simultaneously run 5K, 10K and Children’s 1K Fun Run, the throng at the starting gate had swelled to more than two blocks long as Mayor Jess Talamantes and Parks, Recreation and Community Services board member Mickey DePalo were joined by Councilman Gary Bric and the Y’s executive director, J.C. Holt, to officially start the pre-feast footrace shortly after 8 a.m.
Among the notables spotted trotting the streets of downtown Burbank included former Mayor Jef Vander Borght, former Police Chief Tim Stehr, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Warner Bros. Entertainment Lisa Rawlins, local developer Michael Cusumano and his wife, Caroline, and Burbank Assistant Community Development Director Michael Forbes.