By Collin Breaux | Email: cbreaux@picketfencemedia.com | Twitter: @collin_breaux

Like everyone else, Rancho Mission Viejo is getting ready for Thanksgiving.

On that special Thursday, Rancho Mission Viejo will host the third annual Turkey Trot on the Ranch, which will include a 5K run and 1K Little Gobbler’s run.

Turkey Trot on the Ranch is happening at Rancho Mission Viejo on Thanksgiving. Runners participated in the 2018 run. Photo: RanchLife

Race proceeds will benefit The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, a habitat that offers opportunities for environmental learning and community involvement. The race course will run along a picturesque path.

“We’re excited to again kick off Thanksgiving Day with the 3rd annual Turkey Trot on The Ranch for residents, their family and friends,” Amaya Genaro, director of community services at Rancho Mission Viejo, said in a news release. “This year, we’re expecting 1,000 participants to gobble up and enjoy the unique amenities and experiences The Ranch has to offer.”

Registration and packet pick-up will be at 7:30 a.m. on race day at Sendero Field and The Pavilion. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. at The Pavilion. Wearing a turkey outfit or other similar apparel is welcome and encouraged. 5K runners are advised to be in the start area before the race time. Strollers are allowed.

The 1K starts at 10 a.m. at Sendero Field. Parking and RanchRide shuttle service are free on race day, according to a news release.

A photo opportunity is available to participants when they finish the race. Photos from the 2018 race show smiling participants in brown Turkey Trot shirts, some posing with people in turkey costumes and others wearing turkey-themed hats and other running wear. The event has drawn runners of all ages in years past.

Participants who register before race day can pick up a packet at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 27502 Antonio Pkwy, #B, Ladera Ranch, on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Participants will be able to check out their run time at the event and later online. Prizes and medals will also be awarded.

Event volunteers are also welcomed to help runners stay on course, give water and snacks to runners, assist with parking and traffic direction, help with registration and packet pick-up and bib distribution, help set up and take down the event, snap pictures of runners, hand out medals to participants, and assist in other ways. Volunteers must be a minimum of 13 years old; those under 18 will require a parent’s consent on the liability waiver.

Visit turkeytrotontheranch.com for information on the course, runner and volunteer times, more details on parking, how to register, and other elements of the Turkey Trot.

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