5 cool SoCal turkey trots, but no stuffing (yourself)

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If you were left out of the Thanksgiving race last year due to the cancellation of COVID-19, take heart. In-person turkey trots are back for 2021, and they’re a great way to kick off the holiday and raise money for community charities. Just don’t brag about all the calories you burned while loading up your dinner plate.

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Runners who complete a 5K in 30 minutes burn about 342 to 517 calories, depending on how much they weigh. (they come from the number american council on exercise, which compares the number of calories burned per minute during various physical activities.) Hard numbers: Americans consume more than 3,000 calories and 159 grams of fat when they eat the traditional Thanksgiving meal, according to Calorie Control Council, Ouch.

runners world The magazine says you should stop adding the two numbers. “The idea that if you run more, you can eat more, or if you run less, you should eat less, is completely wrong.” This 2020 Story Report, “That twisted thought pattern implies that you have to earn your food, or that running is punishment for eating. No. We run because we love to run, and we eat in a way that fuels our runs. Yes – it’s as simple as that.”


Bottom Line: Enjoy running or walking your turkey trot and enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner (perhaps to lighten the fat in some dishes preparation) without overdoing it.


There are a lot of road races planned for November 25th. Here are five that keep you moving forward and giving back.

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Turkey Trot Los Angeles: This is the classic 5K or 10K downtown run that starts at LA City Hall. supports the race midnight mission and its services to the homeless. Admission costs $48 to $52. Widdle Wobble for kids 12 and under; .5 to 1-mile run/walk. $28.

Ventura Turkey Trot 5K & Kids 1K, The Flat and Fast Course asks participants to bring non-perishable foods to donate to the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s Food Drive. Admission costs $35 (plus fees) for a 5K and $15 for a Kids 1K (ages 14 and under).

Turkey Trot Long Beach: There’s nothing like a beach run to start Thanksgiving Day. The Long Beach Trot begins at the Granada Boat Launch just east of the Belmont Pier and continues to Shoreline Village. Runners and walkers are asked to bring non-perishable foods (there is a list of essential items on the website). profit margin community action team, which runs community events and programs throughout the year. Admission costs $40 for a 5K/10K and $30 for Kids Half-Mile Wingding.

Drumstick Dash LA: Routes for the 5K and 10K take runners through the NoHo Arts District along Lankershim and Magnolia Boulevards in North Hollywood. The proceeds benefit Hope of the Valley, which provides food for the homeless. Sign up before midnight tonight and pay $38 for each race. The half mile Lil Gobler Kids Run costs $10. (Prices go up on Fridays.)

Dana Point Turkey TrottiDana Point Harbor in Orange County: Provides the setting for 5K, 10K, and 15K combo routes. Proceeds benefit two charities: the Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley and the Music Preserves Foundation. Admission costs $43 to $58, depending on the route. Plus $20 for the Kids 1-Mile Gobble Wobble (ages 2 to 12).

3 things to do this week

Learn to scramble rock with the Wilderness Travel Course.
(Matthew Hengst)

1. How to stay safe outside? Take this 10-week Sierra Club course. Going out can be scary – and it should be. Confidence on the Trail comes from experience and skill-building, both covered in 10-weeks Jungle Tour Course Developed by the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. The course teaches navigation, rock scrambling, snow travel, mountain safety and other skills you’ll need to safely explore the mountains and deserts of Southern California and beyond. Students can sign up for courses held in four locations: West LA, Orange County, San Gabriel Valley and Long Beach. Classes and field trips cost $380 to $415 (if you sign up before December 15th) and run from January through March. View class schedule and other course information here,

People gathered for the climb.
Hike for Charity at Cherry Canyon.
(Thomas Lenz)

2. Join a charity hike this LA Canada—exploring the Flintridge Valley. Have you never set foot in the San Rafael Hills, a gentle range south of the San Gabriel Mountains and east of the Verdugo Mountains? Here is your chance to change it. The annual Will Hike for Food Trek asks hikers to bring non-perishable foods before going on a 3-mile hike in Cherry Canyon. Expect nice views of the San Gabriel Valley to the east and the mountains to the north (as long as it’s not foggy). Food gathered on the rise Pasadena-based . benefits to friend in deed non profit organization. program, organized by noneHikesInLA.com with WalkingPasadena.com And WeekendSherpa.com, takes place on November 27 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Cherry Canyon Trailhead (near 4168 Hampstead Road in La Canada-Flintridge). more details here,

In "Winter Start Now," a skier leaps over the snow.
Amy Engerbretsen in “Winter Starts Now”.
(Warren Miller Entertainment)

3. It’s Warren Miller Time! The 2021 ski movie comes to SoCal. There’s nothing in winter sports quite like a Miller movie. Even if you’re not a skier or snowboarder, these movies ignite wonder and awe for all that professionals and amateurs go through in the snowy outdoors. “Winter begins now” The 72nd in a long-running series follows big mountain skiers Marcus Caston and Connery Lundin in Alaska, a community of skiers and boarders on Maine’s Sugarloaf Mountains and professionals on mountains at large resorts. Miller was fond of skiing when he made his film debut in 1950. Although he died in 2018, the annual films continue to mark the start of the winter season. “Winter Starts Now” shows at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara on November 23, at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo on November 24, at the Regency Theater in Santa Ana on December 7 and at the Art Theater in Long Beach on December 8. December 9 at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles, December 10 at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater and December 11 at the La Paloma Theater in Encinitas. (It also streams on Outside+.) Tickets Available Here,

wild things

Sea otters in shallow Morro Bay Cove.
Sea otters hang out in a shallow Morro Bay cove.
(Mary Forgione; Photo Illustration by Micah Flulane; Getty Images)

I got a great tip about watching sea otters up close—not from a naturalist but from a server at an Italian restaurant in Morro Bay. He sent me to watch the otters in the city’s coastal waters at night. I couldn’t see anything in the dark. However, the next morning, all was revealed. The beaver anchors itself in a shallow groove on the Embarcadero walkway that leads to Morro Rock. I didn’t need binoculars to see the cute creatures flipping, twitching and scratching their heads. Sometimes they even cling to their children. It’s an easy place to find; Ask the locals if you need help. Other good otter watching sites: Elkhorn Slough (between Santa Cruz and Monterey) and Monterey Bay. By the way, sea otters have been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1977. Superheroes of the Ecosystem by at least one organization. Reason: They eat sea urchins, which feed on kelp. Lots of sea urchins and there go kelp beds. Sea otters keep urchin populations under control and, in turn, contribute to a healthy coastal habitat.

You must read this

Woman pouring water on her face in front of a fan in the house.
Felisa Benitez, 86, wipes sweat from her forehead outside her home at the San Fernando Gardens public housing in Pacoima, where temperatures soared to 99 degrees in August.
(Genaro Molina /)

Government agencies provide air quality rankings every day to warn people about the dangers of pollution. What about heat waves? According to this LA Times story, California could become the first state in the country to introduce a ranking system for heat waves. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, who will sponsor a bill to develop the ranking system, told The Times: “Without a way to rank heat waves, we tend to treat extreme heat like a weather story when it really doesn’t. in a public health crisis.” The move comes after a Times investigation found that heat kills more Californians than previously reported and that heat waves affect the poor as well as communities of color. Read stories from The Times heat wave here.


Tourists enjoy the gorgeous view at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.
Tourists enjoy the gorgeous view at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park.
(Barbara Davidson /; photo illustration by Jade Cuevas /)

It is worth noting that Glacier Point Road Currently open in Yosemite National Park. Snow may soon close the road Up to the point, which has views of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley. When the road closes, cross-country skiers and snowshoeers tackle the 10-plus-mile, one-way route. By the way, Glacier Point Road will be closed in 2022 while workers repair and repair it. It is not expected to reopen until the spring of 2023. That means the only way to get there would be by hiking the Four Mile, Panorama or Pohono trails.

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