North County's Favorite Thanksgiving Day Tradition

The PMCU O’side Turkey Trot presents an opportunity for all members of the family to get involved with its 10K Run, 5K-Combination Run/Walk and multiple Children’s Races. It debuted with 2,200 participants in 2006 and quickly grew to over 10,000 entries in last year’s race.

This beachside course starts at the Oceanside Civic Center and wraps around the Oceanside Harbor front all the way to the end, on The Strand, near the Oceanside Pier. This downhill race course, with coastal breezes pushing the runners forward, makes for sizzling fast times with runners inspired by close crashing waves.

Race proceeds support the “Move Your Feet Before You Eat®!” Foundation, local Oceanside and North County Schools and additional participating non-profits. The race allows participants to personally select their beneficiary from a wide variety of worthy non-profit organizations. Since its inception, the “Oceanside Turkey Trot” has raised over $237,000 for its participating charities.

Year after year, the race is a great way to burn off those extra Thanksgiving Day calories. According to the American Council on Fitness, the average person consumes approximately 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day. To help battle that excess, runners can come burn more than 500 calories during the 10K Race, just enough for that scrumptious slice of pumpkin pie.

The picturesque view and exciting downhill route are not the only perks to begin your Thanksgiving Day. People traditionally get into the Thanksgiving Day spirit by dressing up in Thanksgiving inspired costumes. Costumed participants are automatically entered into a chance to win prizes for their creativity and Thanksgiving spirited costumes. There will be food, drinks and music at the race. All finishers will get finisher medals, while winners in each division will receive medals with special gift certificates and other prizes for overall Top 3 placements in the women’s and men’s divisions.

Please visit for race day details and registration or to sign up to volunteer at North County’s favorite Thanksgiving Day tradition.

Just wanted to say on behalf of the PE staff, our admin and most importantly the students of Chavez Middle School “Thank You” for the fun-filled day. Our students really enjoyed it, and it was a nice change of pace from our normal routine. I know the kids certainly benefitted too. Hope to see you next year and enjoy your summer.- Coach Howard, Cesar Chavez Middle School