Thanksgiving Morning Turkey Trot! Belmont Shore!


Ready to get your trot on?

Last year for the 2nd time the SHHC (Signal Hill Hiking Club) ran as a team in the Annual Long Beach Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning and we had so much fun! We had 27 runners. This year can we break 30?

For the majority of our team it was actually their first time running in any sort of a race and they all did so great! You can run, walk, a little of both...whatever pace you want and we will all start together and then meet at the end.

I have run this Turkey Trot for 9 years now and will happily provide guidance and counseling to those who are ready to start training that have never ran in a race before…but you must come to our Tuesday/Thursday night weekly hikes to get the tips and advice from me. Those hikes are also an excellent training ground for new runners and experienced runners alike.

This Turkey Trot is in Belmont Shore and we run first thing Thanksgiving Day morning along the ocean edge and the weather is typically perfect! Why not join us and feel less guilty at the Thanksgiving dinner table afterwards because you will know that you earned it. :-) And as an FYI, this race benefits one of my favorite community activist Justin Rudd and his nonprofit CAT (Community Action Team).


If you sign up by September 30th you get an early bird discount. It is $25 plus the transaction processing fee of $2.25…so the total with the discount per person comes to $27.25. You need to sign up on the Turkey Trot website under our group (The Signal Hill Hiking Club). You MUST sign yourself up. And you must hit the drop down for the "TEAM NAME" of "Signal Hill Hiking Club" (about the middle of the registration page).

Click here to do so:

Once there click on: "Join an existing Team", and then go to the drop down and select "Signal Hill Hiking Club". This is the only way to sign up as a team for the 8am 10k.

*MUST PAY BY SEPTEMBER 30th TO GET THIS DISCOUNTED RATE!* After that it goes up to $30 (plus the $2.25 fee) and then higher after that. Here are the deadlines:

  • $25 til Sept. 30
  • $30 til Oct. 14
  • $35 til Oct. 31
  • $38 til Nov. 18
  • $40 pd. after Nov. 18

Per the website:

  • *Entry fees are ABSOLUTELY nonrefundable and nontransferable.
  • *Rain or Shine event.
  • *No dogs, bikes, inline skates, skateboards, double strollers or scooters.
  • *Single Strollers MUST start at the back of the pack.

You will see on the registration site there are four (4) start times to choose: 7, 8, 9 or 10 a.m. but as a group we will be doing the 8am start. You can choose either the 5k or the 10k, but I will be doing the 10k and probably the majority will too, but we will meet and start as a team together regardless if you decide to do the 5 or 10k.

6,000+ runners & walkers expected at the 10th annual Long Beach Turkey Trot. Join us! There is no better way to start your Thanksgiving Day morning. :-)


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  • Jesse

    Fun as always! Can't wait to run with this group again!! :)

    November 26, 2012

    • Robin

      Voting is almost over. If you have not "liked" Jesse's picture yet please do! If he wins he will donate the $250 prize money to the Kidney Foundation. If you do not know Jesse is on dialysis and goes several times a week and since he joined the SHHC he has become a runner and a competitor and this money would really help show how even if you have to be in dialysis you can still be HEALTHY! Jesse is an inspiration to us all and I am so proud of him. :-)

      November 25, 2012

  • Robin

    No better way to start Thanksgiving morning! Perfect cool weather, ocean next to us, and the SHHC represented!!!!!!!!!! Great job by all, but especially to Gisele and Juls for completing their 1st 10k ever! :-)

    November 23, 2012

  • Gisele

    Great! bring the food...Now Im ready :)

    November 22, 2012

  • Juls

    Yay. First 10k non stop. Check! Thanks Gang for the great training.

    3 · November 22, 2012

  • Yolie

    Sorry but will not be doing the run tomorrow :(

    November 21, 2012

    • Robin

      Bummer Yolie!! :-( I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving tomorrow anyway, but we will miss you. xoxo

      November 21, 2012

    • Yolie

      Thanks! Was really looking forward but got rear ended yesterday :(

      November 21, 2012

  • Robin

    We as a group are doing the 8am race time and will meet at the steps in front of Belmont Plaza Pool between 7:30-7:40am for group pictures. For those of you that have the SHHC t-shirts (pictured above) please wear them. For those that don't if you have a royal blue shirt that would be great! Each person will be running/walking at their own individual pace, but last year as each team member finished they came back to the finish line to cheer each additional member on! SHHC TEAM SPIRIT! :-) We might get some breakfast afterwards as a team for those who can go before we go off to our Thanksgiving feast with our families later. For any additional questions feel free to email me: [masked]. Thanks! Robin

    November 20, 2012

  • Robin

    Online registration is now CLOSED. For any last minute registrants you must do it in person tomorrow or early Thanksgiving morning.

    November 20, 2012

  • Robin

    Important Reminder: Dogs, bikes, scooters, skates are NOT allowed at this event -- for safety reasons. This is a local race and the bike path gets CROWDED on race morning. Please abide by these rules. We are representing SHHC and Long Beach with PRIDE! :-)

    1 · November 20, 2012

  • Robin

    This is also new this year: The 7-Eleven truck will be serving FREE samples of Slurpees, coffee, egg rolls, and pizza at the finish line/refreshments/vendors area. Only registered runners/walkers in the refreshments area.

    Also, "The Dogfellas" hot dog stand will be serving up snacks at the Long Beach Turkey Trot finish line. Not free. But convenient. Bring some $$.

    1 · November 20, 2012

  • Robin

    One IMPORTANT new note that has changed from last years event: FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: The largest parking lot (800 spaces) east of the Belmont Pool (Granada Ave. to indoor pool) will close 10 minutes before each start time (7, 8, 9 and 10 a.m.) and remain closed for 10 minutes following each start time. So arrive before or after those times if you want to park in that lot.

    November 20, 2012

  • Robin

    Packet Pick-up info: Make sure you go TOMORROW. This is where you pick up your bib number, and your t-shirt. To park there for FREE bring a canned good to donate. Where will the packet pick-up be?
    On the patio behind the Belmont Pool, 1 Bennett Ave., 90803. It’s near the start/finish line.

    When and what times are the pick-ups?
    Wed. Nov. 21 from 1-7:45 p.m. TOMORROW

    DON'T FEED METERS - FEED MOUTHS: During t-shirt/packet pickup at the Belmont Pool from 1-7:45pm p.m. on Wed., Nov. 21 volunteers will be collecting canned goods for two local food banks in exchange for free beachfront parking. PLEASE BRING SOME CANNED GOODS TOMORROW TO DONATE! If you forget tomorrow you can bring them race day morning too, but tomorrow will be so much easier! You can only park for free at the Belmont Plaza pool if you donate, but why would you not want to help out?????

    November 20, 2012

  • Robin

    I will not be ordering SHHC t-shirts anymore this year so they are not available for this race to those who do not have them yet. If you do have one already plan on wearing it for the race. :-)

    October 5, 2012

  • Myla B.

    I'm so excited about this run!! Can't wait!

    September 28, 2012

    • Robin

      Thank you for registering and paying now too. I got the confirmation so you are in. :-)

      September 28, 2012

  • Robin

    Hi Rebecca. Yes 8 AM. I think I wrote it in my details above although there are a lot of notes. Thanks for confirming

    September 26, 2012

  • Rebecca

    Hi Robin, is everyones running time @ 8. I was getting ready to register & asked for which time I would like to run. Is 8 the starting time for most?

    September 26, 2012

  • Robin

    I thought I would post this early so those of you who need to start training now can plan ahead. :-)

    September 5, 2012

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