Coronado Turkey Trot ...

Evie Brave Harden, 2 1/2, far right, is a Turkey Trot ambassador this year, along with her sistersEllie James Harden, 4 1/2, far left, and Eliza, 3 1/2, center, for the seventh Annual Coronado Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving that benefits Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rady Children’s Hospital.

The seventh Annual Coronado Turkey Trot will go on virtually this year, still offering a fun, family-bonding activity Thanksgiving weekend. The event is hosted by the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Coronado Unit, and net proceeds benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Development Services at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Rather than one large, live event on Thanksgiving morning, this year participants can run, walk, or bike their own 5k route between Wednesday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 29. Registration is open at http://give.rchsd.org/goto/turkeytrot, and the suggested donation is $35 per person. With registration, adults receive a 2020 Turkey Trot T-shirt, and children receive the legendary orange turkey hat. Thanksgiving week participants can find suggested routes on Facebook at Coronado Turkey Trot.

One of the Auxiliary’s favorite parts of the Turkey Trot are the costumes families and friends wear to the event. This year participants are encouraged to post photos to Facebook at Coronado Turkey Trot, where winners receive prizes. Judging the costume contest are Coronado resident and Turkey Trot ambassador Evie Brave Hardin (2 1/2), and her two older sisters, Ellie James (4 1/2), and Eliza (3 1/2). Evie was born into a military family at 31 weeks with spina bifida, and spent nine weeks in Rady’s NICU department.

The top fundraising team on http://give.rchsd.org/goto/turkeytrot will win a pizza party donated by Coronado’s High Tide Bottle Shop & Kitchen. Registration is open through Sunday, Nov. 29, and the benefit of a virtual event is that friends and family can participate together from anywhere on the globe.

“While we much rather be together in person for the Coronado Turkey Trot, we are happy to keep this family tradition going virtually this year,” says Rady Children’s Hospital Coronado Unit Chair Lynda Willkie. “We wish everyone a safe and healthy Thanksgiving this year, and we hope to see many familiar faces on Facebook.”

The premier sponsors for this event are Coronado Fitness Club, and the Allan & Lyndsey Arendsee Family Foundation. The platinum sponsor is Swinerton Renewable Energy. Gold sponsors are California American Water, The Hart Family, and Silver sponsors are Coronado Psych, High Tide Bottle Shop & Kitchen, IB Pet, Ashley Ortega at CMG Mortgage, The QB School, Island Threads, the Peterson Family, the Rudowicz Family, the Goodfellow Family, the Gaughran Family, Sherry and Alex Calhoun, Becky and George Galdorisi, and Ginny and Peter Jensen. The Auxiliary appreciates all of these generous sponsors.

Proceeds from the Turkey Trot benefits the NICU, and Development Services at Rady Children’s Hospital. The 60-bed NICU at Rady’s provides level 4 care, the highest designation available from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The NICU is a major referral center for the most critically ill newborns, many of whom suffer from severe heart and lung conditions or are born extremely premature. Development Services provides services for children from birth to age 5 with mild to moderate developmental and behavioral concerns. Their goal is to assist caregivers and professionals in supporting optimal developmental and behavioral health through a network of coordinated services.

COVID-19 has forced many auxiliary units to cancel events, which has significantly impacted fundraising efforts for the hospital. Since 1952 the Auxiliary has pledged millions of dollars to Rady Children’s Hospital. The fundraising dollars are spread across many departments, helping the hospital purchase cutting-edge equipment, provide care for patients with little or no insurance, train staff members, conduct ground-breaking research, and more.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Coronado Unit’s mission is to work in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, and to support its mission through: advocating for the health and well-being of children, increasing community awareness of Rady Children’s, and fundraising. Anyone interested in joining this vibrant group should contact rchacoronado@gmail.com.

For any questions about the Coronado Turkey Trot please contact rchacoronado@gmail.com

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