It’s Time to Trot!

Thanksgiving is a time for family, for reflection, and for over-indulgence in most cases – so what better way to kick off the day then a bit of a calorie-burn that also gives back to a great cause? There are two Turkey Trot opportunities in SLO County – both benefit the Food Bank in memory of Christine Allen.

Gather the family – kids, dogs, everyone – and walk, run, or stroll at your own pace. You can choose sand or paved trail with these two locations.

If you prefer the sand option, sign-in begins at 8 a.m. on the south side of the Pismo Pier. This trot begins at 8:30 a.m. – rain or shine. Remember that there is no cost but donations of $1 or more are encouraged. We typically give the kiddos each at least $5 to encourage giving back and they all do the donating for our family “team.” The run is roughly a 5K, south toward the Grand Avenue entrance to the beach but turning back just before the Sand Highway.

Remember, this year the Pier parking lot is under construction, so allow yourself some time to park in one of the many lots dotted around town and walk to the start. Also, if the tide is up, you may be running through a small creek or two so don’t wear your best sneakers.

Alternatively, the second local option is on the Bob Jones Trail. Registration starts at the same times as the Pismo “trot.” Beginning at the Avila Promenade and following up the Bob Jones Trail and back.  

This is a great way to kick off your Thanksgiving Day – and an excuse for an extra helping of stuffing or piece of pie! More importantly, this is really a wonderful opportunity to begin the Season of Giving as the money raised helps the local Food Bank and families who are less fortunate.

I look forward to seeing you at the Turkey Trot!

Ashlea Boyer

Ashlea Boyer: Is a native of Pismo Beach, having moved here from South Lake Tahoe when she was just four years old. An Alumni of Arroyo Grande High School, she then attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating with a degree in English Literature. After college, she spent 5 successful years working her way up to Management Editor of a national fitness magazine in Southern California, working for two of the three largest West Coast publishing houses. Ashlea return to the Central Coast for her wedding and stayed raise her family. She joined the family business in 2004 and began leading the Pismo Beach Homes Team with her Mother, Kathi Foster in real estate. Ashlea has been a leading real estate agent in the Pismo Beach area for 10 years, and has developed a strong client following in the area based on her dedication to our community and outstanding customer service. Our team, The Pismo Beach Homes Team, has been awarded the Quadruple Gold level awards consistently over the past 5 years with Keller Williams Realty. She has been named more than once as the "Agent of the Quarter". In 2011, Ashlea was presented with the "Top 20 Under 40" award by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation for my professional excellence and profound commitment to the community. Ashlea lives in Arroyo Grande, California with her husband and son and she enjoy running on the beach, volunteering, pilates, snowboarding and the occasional scuba diving. She's active in many industry, community service and non-profit organizations and serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach, the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, and other community non-profit organizations. 

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