Stick a Fork in it, The Big Bear Turkey Trot is Done

Big Bear Turkey Trot Trophies – Contributed Photo


By Susan A. Neufeld

Big Bear Lake, CA – The fifth annual Thanksgiving day run was one for the record books. More than 500 participants showed up November 23 to race three, six or nine miles — and burn a few calories before the big meal.

The great warm weather may have contributed to the turnout which was a 35 – percent increase over 2016.  Also new this year were race directors Ryan and Sierra Orr.

“It was certainly a banner year for the Turkey Trot” Sierra said, “We cannot be more thankful for the City of Big Bear Lake’s presenting sponsorship, all of the generous business, our amazing volunteers and of course, everyone who signed up”. This year’s event drew participants from as far away as the United Kingdom and 14 states, including Maryland, North Carolina and Texas.

Aracely Torres of Los Angeles, one of the top two costume contest winners. – Contributed Photo

Big Bear Turkey Trot traditions include pumpkin pies donated by The Copper Q for prizes, wassail at the aid station, and participants dressed in costumes for the race. Aracely Torres of Los Angeles was one of the top two costume contest winners. Her scarecrow outfit included a turkey straw hat and harvest flags labeled with “Big Bear 2017”. Jennifer Skeehan of Monrovia, dressed as a Butterball turkey, was the winner for the most original costume’

Eager participants warm-up prior to the “Trot” – Contributed Photo

“Community support and incredible volunteers are the recipe for a successful event, and so many local businesses came together to support this year’s race,”  said Ryan, who also acted as master of ceremonies for the day. “Everyone’s attitude and enthusiasm was contagious and race results can be found at Click on registration and more than 200 photos are on the Big Bear Turkey Trot Facebook page.

This is an Open Air Big Bear Event. Open Air Big Bear is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting outdoor events in Big Bear. For more information, you can go to their website: