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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

Enter the 2014 PMCU

O'side Turkey Trot today!

All finishers receive a commemorative 2014 Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot medal.

Register online to be a part of a holiday tradition that has helped raise more than $180,000 for area schools and non-profits. Select your cause. Create a festive Thanksgiving costume. And get ready for what may be the most beautiful holiday run in America.


...And, upgrade to a high-tech shirt

When you register online, upgrade from the souvenir race shirt to a high-tech race shirt with a custom 2014 Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot design. The upgrade is only $5 (in lieu of the regular race shirt). Click thumbnails for a larger image.

Experience the fun of the 2013 PMCU O'side Turkey Trot in this unique video

From Above's overhead perspective of the record-setting 2013 Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot shows why this may be America's most beautiful Thanksgiving run - whether you do the 5K, 5 Mile, Combo Run or a Kid's run. Make plans to join us this Thanksgiving by entering the 2014 race now with the online entry form.

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.




Maryellen Adan of Carlsbad (9577) runs for Team Austin Bice, while Jimmy Bishop of Oceanside models a high-tech racing shirt in the 2013 PMCU O'side Turkey Trot. Now is the time to enter the 2014 race and join one of several fine training programs that will get you in shape to fully enjoy your Thanksgiving run. See Training Page.

One of 47 members of Kaia Fit (pink skirt) runs in the 2013 race.

Enter your team; first report

Gather your friends, family and co-workers to kick off Thanksgiving Day on the right foot by forming a team for the 2014 race. It is a great way to create a new tradition of celebrating healthy families, and the top three largest teams receive 333 Gift Certificates. Defending champion Team Austin Bice has the early lead in the first team report for 2014 (see Teams Page). We encourage you to assemble your team at the Oceanside Museum of Art to take your team photos before or after the race


School/non-profit report

See how your school or non-profit is faring in the PMCU O'side Turkey Trot as the first report for 2014 is posted on the Schools Page.















And the T-shirt winner is ...

Thank for for voting for the color of the finisher's shirt for the 2014 PMCU O'side Turkey Trot. The winner is the royal blue version (above).


Volunteer for the race

Volunteer for the 2014 PMCU O'side Turkey Trot via the online volunteer form. See details/photos on the volunteer page.











Art Contest winners

The Surfin' Turkey - submitted by Malia Balancia - wins the 2014 Art Contest. 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.


Musical acts announced

Music will fill the air at the 2014 PMCU O'side Turkey Trot. Read details about four of the featured performers on the bands 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.

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