According to the American Caloric Control Council (yes, there really is such a thing), the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day.
While, for many, the only exercise they get to work off that feast is clicking the remote back and forth between football games, for more than 2,300 members and supporters of the Burbank Community YMCA, some serious preemptive calorie burning took place this past Thanksgiving morning as they participated in the Y’s Turkey Trot, an annual 10K, 5K and 1K fundraiser.
Staged for the fourth consecutive year, last week’s trot was emceed by Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commissioner Mickey Depalo, who kicked off the festivities with the help of the Y’s Executive Director J.C. Holt, Vice Mayor David Gordon and the event’s grand marshal, Gabriel Cordell.
Cordell is a paraplegic who became the first person to traverse the nation from California to New York in a standard wheelchair. He trained five days a week for eight months at the Burbank Y before taking off on his historic 99-day, 3,100-mile journey.