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PMCU O'side

Turkey Trot

OCEANSIDE, CA. April 16, 2014 - Online registration is open for the 9th annual Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot.


This year's race once again is scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, November 27, in downtown Oceanside on what may be the most beautiful course for any Turkey Day run in America. The O'side Turkey Trot actually is a series of races, beginning with a 5-mile run and including a 5K, a Combo Run in which runners do both distances, and kids runs ranging from a quarter of a mile to a mile.


Last year, a record 10,000 came to Oceanside to "move your feet before you eat." The big crowd helped the 2013 O'side Turkey Trot raise a record amount of money for local schools and non-profits. The event has now raised more than $180,000 for local groups and has a unique "choose your school or non-profit" option in which entrants can select the group of their choice to support on the online entry form.


Also returning this year are the team competition, costume award contest, Expo, and bands. Watch for more details on this website and on the event's Facebook page.


And, be sure to register early to get the lowest entry fees as well as discounts for multiple entries. Enter today!

Catch a bird's eye view of the 2013 PMCU O'side Turkey Trot

Using drone cameras, From Above captured scenes of the record-setting 2013 Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot never seen before. For better resolution, go to the settings button - lower right of the video - and choose 720. You can also see this in full-frame view by selecting that option in the lower right of the video. See why this is America's most beautiful Thanksgiving race and make plans to join us this Thanksgiving by entering the 2014 race now with the online entry form.

Part of the record crowd fills Oceanside in 2013. Be a part of the fun in 2014 by entering today! (Rich Cruse Photography)

Lukas Verzbicas (58) follows defending champion Okwaro Raura. Verzbicas went on to win the 5 Mile Race for his first victory since a devastating bicycle accident. (Coat Publications photo)

Enter the 2014 Art Contest

Win $700 in cash and get exposure for your design. Enter the 2014 PMCU O'side Turkey Trot Art Contest now through June 20. See details on the art contest page.


2014 race times announced

Starting times for races in the 2014 PMCU O'side Turkey Trot have been announced. See details on the race info page.


2013 race in review

At the front of a record crowd of 10,000 runners and walkers who moved their feet before they ate at Thanksgiving Day's Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot, a former prep sub-4-minute miler won his biggest victory since starting a remarkable comeback from a serious cycling accident that left him with injuries so severe his doctor told his family he would never walk again. Read the race in review.


2013 records

In addition to being the largest Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot in history with 10,000 participants, the 2013 race established two other notable marks. Lukas Verzbicas of Chula Vista set a record for the 5 Mile  Run with a time of 25:16, and  Payton Simeon, 11, of San Marcos set a record in the Boys 11-12 Mile Run with a time of 5:48. See race records.


The history of the OTT

Read an expanded section with stories and fast facts from the past eight years of the Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot on the history page.

What entrants

have to say

about the OTT

After a great summer of surfing in Oceanside, I was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma cancer in the fall of 2008. As a result I became a right leg amputee. I entered the 2010 Turkey Trot to prove to myself that great things are possible regardless of life's challenges. Basically that I could still do the fun events I did before cancer. I have done two Turkey Trots and one Oceanside Pier swim since then. Again this year my family and friends will be Trotting with me. What a terrific way to start Thanksgiving Day! - John

This is my second time running this race. My former neighbors and friends, the Holbert's, got me started on it. My dad is traveling from Chicago to run again this year too. I would watch out for him if you are in the 70 plus age group. - Robin

My favorite memory of the OTT is from 2010. My 80 year old father walked his first and last 5K, finishing last, assisted by my daughter who was about to have her spine fused with 2 two ft. rods and not be able to run for a year. - Luke

Favorite memory - 1st time participated with my sister and her family running in the rain! I walked; this year after losing 30lbs, I'll be jogging...rain or shine!! - Tammy

Check out 6 fun 2013 photo galleries!

Click on a thumbnail photo or gallery name below to access one of six PMCU O'side Turkey Trot galleries. Who knows? You might see yourself or your friends/family.

The photo galleries also may be accessed via the Photo Page.

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