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Turkey Trot Raises $5,406 for Food Bank for Monterey County

More than 400 Good Samaritans gave up their Thanksgiving morning to help raise $5,406 and two barrels full of canned and dry goods for the Food Bank for Monterey County.

The fifth annual Turkey Trot had its greatest attendance ever and raised more than $1,900 above last year’s record total. Each participant donated $10 to walk, jog, or run as many laps as they desired on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course. Participants included individuals, couples, groups of friends, and entire families from Monterey County, throughout the state and country, and even a few from other countries on vacation in the area.

“The Food Bank for Monterey County provides a vital service year round, and especially during the holiday season, so we are honored and proud to make the Turkey Trot a tradition for such a worthy cause,” said Gill Campbell, general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “I thank everyone who participated for coming out in record numbers and doing a very kind thing for people in need in Monterey County.”

The Food Bank for Monterey County is the area’s largest provider of emergency supplemental food. The food bank collects, stores and redistributes food to individuals, as well as non-profit agencies that serve the aged, ill and needy. Every $1 donated to the Food Bank for Monterey County provides $5 worth of food to be distributed.

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