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Thank You from Pleasanton North Rotary

We wanted to thank all our sponsors and participants for supporting Tri-Valley Turkey Burn. Below is an article about the event’s success by our Rotarian Jim Brice.

Record Crowd Shares Thanks at Tri-Valley Turkey Burn

Family Fun Run Expresses Positive Spirit of Living in or Around Pleasanton

More than a record 2300 participants shared personal expressions of thanks at Pleasanton’s Ken Mercer Sports Park on Thanksgiving Day morning during the eighth annual Tri-Valley Turkey Burn Family Fun Run.

Hosted by the Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR) Club, this year’s event attracted participants from varied backgrounds for what has become one of the city’s largest public gatherings of the year.

Most ran, walked, or strolled 5K or 10K courses while wearing race bibs that carried personal messages of gratitude for their good health, loving families, special friends, beloved pets, or often the unique community spirit that defines the Tri-Valley’s character. Some wore turkey hats and Thanksgiving costumes. Others ran with infants in strollers or dogs on leashes. Everyone received a medal at the finish line to recognize their participation.

PNR President Billy Buckley was amazed by the record attendance, which reflected participation from as far away as Copperopolis in California’s Gold Country.

“It is always great to see everyone come together to celebrate everything they are thankful for as a community,” he said. “It was an amazing event.”

The combination of entry fees, souvenir revenue, and corporate sponsorships, including top sponsor Elation Real Estate (, generated more than $20,000 for PNR and its affiliated non-profit, Pleasanton North Rotary Foundation.

The funds will support PNR’s youth services, including its involvement with the annual Richard D. King Youth Speech Contest, Rotary Interact Community Service Club at Pleasanton Foothill High School, Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp, college and technical school scholarships, a high school student of the month awards, and the Rotary International Youth Exchange program.

Tri-Valley Haven, a charity food pantry in Livermore, collected canned food from Turkey Burn participants for distribution to families and individuals in need.

To learn about membership opportunities with PNR, visit the club’s website ( or attend a weekly lunch meeting at 12:15 p.m. Fridays at Hap’s Original Steaks & Seafood in Pleasanton.

Photo Caption (2022 TVTB Start)

A record 2300 participants ran, walked, or strolled through Pleasanton’s Ken Mercer Sports Park on Thanksgiving morning for Pleasanton North Rotary’s eighth annual Tri-Valley Turkey Burn Family Fun Run. (Photo by Jim Brice, PNR)

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