The 2023 Annual Turkey Trot to increase awareness of suicide and depression is set for Saturday morning. It’ll be the 6th annual event and will start at 8 a.m. at Corning High School. According to organizers, it’s scheduled to end at 10 a.m. General admission tickets are $15, and students can enter at $10, while kids under five will race for free.
Entry tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Organizers say the turkey trot is done in Corning High School student Andrew Hernandez’ Memory, who died from suicide in September of 2018.
They also say that the Turkey Trot is a 5k race/walk intended to bring together those who have lost a loved one to suicide, battle their thoughts of suicide, and offer information and resources in taking care of mental health. All event proceeds go to the Andrew Hernandez Community Service Scholarship Fund.
Organizers also note that the event will occur in front of the high school, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Participants can walk or run Three laps around the high school campus. Snacks, water, coffee and shirts will be available for purchase, and the shirts come in all sizes for youth and adults at $10 a piece.
Race winners for male and female adult runners will have first choice of the prizes displayed that community members donate. The remaining prizes will be awarded through a raffle drawing. There are also designated prizes for two kid races: ages 1-5 and 6-10. There is the option to run as a team, but no team prizes are available. Dressing in turkey costumes is encouraged for fun.
The event will start with Corning High School psychologist Theresa Mayer talking about mental health stigmas and how to take care of mental health. Participants will also hear from Hernandez’s best friend. Sam Mamula.
Then, the two kids’ races will begin, followed by the official 5K race/walk at 8:30 a.m. Participants can also expect to see pamphlets and resources regarding mental health donations from Tehama County Health Services Agency Health Educator Avery Vilche. Organizers say that they were able to give away six $1000 scholarships last year.