Redding, CA — Shasta Regional Medical Center will kick off Thanksgiving Day with its annual Turkey Trot. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Redding’s biggest and longest standing tradition on Thanksgiving morning. To celebrate this year’s anniversary, Air Shasta will be flying the largest American flag towed by a helicopter in the north state during opening ceremonies at 7:45 a.m. Pet’s Without Partners will be there with a few pooches looking for a new home along with other vendor booths joining in on the festivities.

The Turkey Trot includes the Diestelhorst Dash for children 8 and younger, the 2-mile fun run/walk for the entire family, and the timed 6-mile run for the more serious runner.

In 2014, Turkey Trot had a more than 1,150 runners in the 6-mile run and more than 2,300 in the 2-mile fun run/walk along the Sacramento River Trail. All the proceeds from this event are donated back to the community. This year’s main recipient will be The Good News Rescue Mission, the remaining proceeds will be allocated to Shasta Family YMCA, Girls on the Run and City of Redding Parks & Recreation.