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Palmer College takes part in record-setting Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

12/6/2011 (Archived)

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For the third year in a row, Palmer College played a major part in the sixth annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, which brought a record-setting turnout of more than 22,000 people to downtown San Jose on Thanksgiving morning for a benefit walk that helped raise more than $600,000 for local charities.

Produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), whose membership includes Palmer College among more than 300 of the region’s most prominent companies, the Turkey Trot has established itself as a prominent San Jose tradition – and Palmer has become an integral part of the event.

CA West Campus Spine at the Turkey TrotThe Palmer Spine was back to provide “the backbone of the Turkey Trot,” and, once again, enjoyed plenty of attention as the 25 segments strolled along the 5K course. The West Campus Sports Council also returned as the event’s primary sports care team for the third year in a row, and provided pre- and post-race care for more than 50 walkers and runners.

Palmer also is one of the event co-sponsors, and this year the West Campus community also contributed in a big way. The West Campus student government organized an on-campus food drive in support of the Turkey Trot’s “Can-Do Challenge,” which generated student donations of more than 100 food items that were presented to the Second Harvest Food Bank the morning of the race.

“Palmer’s co-sponsorship of the SVLG’s annual Turkey Trot has turned into a wonderful relationship with the powerful business community of Silicon Valley, and San Jose,” said West Campus President Dr. Bill Meeker, who accompanied The Spine for the third year in a row.

"Our prominent presence at the past three Turkey Trots has further elevated Palmer's profile within the Silicon Valley, and has helped enhance awareness within the South Bay area about Palmer College and the chiropractic services provided at our campus-based clinic.

"I appreciate, and wish to thank, the West Campus community for its on-campus and race-day support of Palmer's collective participation in this year's Turkey Trot. And though we may have fallen short of our quest to three-peat as one of the Fittest Firms, when you come in second to Habitat For Humanity, you know you're part of a special community."

Palmer enjoyed considerable promotional support from the SVLG, including an email blast promoting the Sports Council race-day services to the more-than-8,000 registrants as of Nov. 1. SVLG also prominently promoted the Sports Council and The Spine on the official Silicon Valley Turkey Trot web site.

SVLG President and CEO Carl Guardino was effusive in praise and appreciation for Palmer’s collective participation.

“The Spine is very much a part of the Turkey Trot tradition,” said Guardino, adding, “And since Turkey Trot participants range from world-class athletes to weekend walkers, we're fortunate to have the Palmer Sports Council, who are well-experienced in caring for such a diverse group of athletes. We also appreciate the Palmer students going the extra mile to organize an on-campus donation drive in support of the Can-Do Challenge.”