As Taylor Corcoran reached the finish line he flapped his damp turkey wings. A grin appeared under his wet beak.
He was among the runners who donned a costume for Thursday’s Turkey Trot – 5K and 10K races held along the Long Beach shoreline. More than 1,500 souls braved the heavy rains and bitterly cold winds to participate in the 17th annual event.
“I ran the race and now I can feed my face,” Corcoran said. “And I don’t have to worry about taking in too many calories.”
About 3,000 runners had registered for the race, but half that many showed up.
“These are definitely the hard-core runners,” said Justin Rudd, who coordinated the fundraiser for his Community Action Team.
“But later today they’ll have two more things to be thankful for,” he said. “The fact that they’re warm and dry.”
One of the early stage runners was among those who took home a free pie for finishing the race. Photo by Bill Alkofer.