Trot like a turkey

The seventh annual Turkey Trot starts at Rogue Rock Gym, 3001 Samike Drive, Medford, with fun runs for the whole family.

This Thanksgiving tradition boosts runners' metabolism and collects food for the homeless, organizers said.

An eight-mile run starts at 8 a.m., a two-mile run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m., and a 100-yard turkey dash for kids 5 and younger begins at 7:45 a.m.

Registration will be from 7 to 7:45 a.m. It costs $20 to enter.

Runners are asked to bring a canned food donation as part of their entry.

All donated food and entry fees will go to ACCESS. For more information, visit

If you need somewhere to run for help with the big meal, trained experts are standing by at favorite food hotlines. The Butterball Turkey Talk Line has advice available at 1-800-BUTTERBALL or Even the government is here to help with the U.S. Department of Agriculture meat and poultry hotline open until 11 a.m. at 888-674-6854. Bakers can get help from the Crisco Pie Hotline at 877-367-7438 or and Fleischmann's Yeast Baker's Help Line at 800-777-4959 or

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