Oceanside CA-Record numbers are signing up for the eighth annual Pacific Marine Credit Union (PMCU) Oceanside Turkey Trot. The growth of this race, from 2,200 people the first year to 10,000 runners this year, is astounding,” said Race Director Kathy Kinane. “Entries are up 35% from this point last year.”
Among the thousands participating this year will be Candace Ranson, a runner who has, through charity fundraising, helped over-come the tragic loss of her son Luke who died of a shark attack, Luke Ranson, 19, UCSB student and excellent swimmer, runner, and surfer, inspires Ranson to both run and work tirelessly for a charity in Luke’s memory.
“Oceanside holds a very special place in my heart. This was the first beach we ever brought our two sons to as young children. He loved swimming and surfing in Oceanside, and we called Oceanside our second home.” “This will be very special, running this race on Thanksgiving Day, a morning to reflect on how thankful I am to have shared so many wonderful years together here with Luke and all the time my son and I spent running together and training for races and watching the beautiful ocean sunsets together,” stated Ransom. “It will also be a day to give thanks to be able to walk or run where there are so many children in hospitals who may never be able to run a race. “ I’d like to encourage runners to share their race medals with these children in hospitals as Symbols of Courage to cheer them on in their challenging journey,” said Ransom.
Also running this year is California State Assembly member and retired U. S. Marine Colonel Rocky J. Chávez. Chávez will head up Team Plymouth Rockies, including his wife, Mary, much of his office staff and their significant others. A former wrestler and coach, Chávez and his team plan on tackling the 5K course. “The Oceanside ‘Turkey Trot’ is a fun, family-oriented event that brings our communities together and benefits local schools and charities” said Chávez, who represents the 76th Assembly District, which includes Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside and Vista. “This is a great way to work up an appetite on Thanksgiving Day while giving back. I am personally excited to be a part of this event and look forward to seeing my friends and neighbors on Nov. 28.”
Chávez, an Oceanside resident, spent 28 dedicated years in the U. S. Marine Corps rising to the rank of Colonel and being assigned Chief of Staff for the Fourth Marine Division. After retiring from the U. S. Marine Corps, Chávez became politically involved in the Oceanside community. In Nov. 2002, he was elected to the Oceanside City Council and has served as Deputy Mayor. After spending years in Sacramento, CA as Undersecretary of the California Department of Veteran Affairs, Chávez also is on various State committees, including serving as the Vice Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee.
You can register for the Turkey Trot or pick up your packet at the Camino Town and Country Shopping Center, 2245 S. El Camino Real. The race will feature a 2 day Race Expo where you can get your pre-race t-shirt and bib number at the same location, November 26 and 27, 3:00 PM- 6:00 PM. Race day registration will be at the Oceanside Civic Center Parking structure 6:00 AM- 10:30 AM, Thanksgiving Day unless the race has been sold out. You can register online here.