PIEDMONT -- Walking, trotting, running were 1,864 participants, the most ever, in Piedmont's 11th annual Turkey Trot held Thanksgiving Day through the city's picturesque streets.
"They were all happy to be there, all smiles," said organizer Marilyn Weber. "The race really draws in families. What a wonderful outing on Thanksgiving Day. It echoes what the holiday is all about. You are thankful for your family and your health, to come out and enjoy a fast walk or run."
The fun three-mile run and walk raises funds for the Piedmont High cross-country and track teams. Weber said estimates of how much money was raised for the effort were not yet available, as some vendor's bills had yet to be paid.
Grandpas to toddlers gave it their all in the officially timed race, burning off some calories to make room for the Thanksgiving feast to follow.
Crosby Freeman, 28, of San Francisco placed first overall with a time of 15:28. Oakland's Torrey Olson, 25, came in a fraction later with 15:41.
Linn Schulte-Sasse, 35, of Piedmont, took first for the women with 19:13, followed closely by Hadley Mickel, 34, of Orinda, who paced at 19:22. Top winners received turkeys, gift certificates to a running store and other prizes; others received blue ribbons.
School board trustee Rick Raushenbush, 53, clocked a respectable 28:17 in the men's 50-59 category. Mayor John Chiang, 63, who runs every year, came in fifth with 24:21 in the men's 60-69
Chris Downey, 90, of San Francisco, was the oldest runner, proving it's never too late to work those legs, logging in at 33:26. Oakland's Gaylord Burke, 70, placed first in the 70 and over age group with 27:32.
The men's and women's 40-49 age group had the most runners, with 180 and 219, respectively.
Trip Morris, 43, from Charlotte, N.C., lived up to his name as traveling the furthest; he logged in a time of 24:01. The winner in that men's 40-49 category was William Newby, 41, of Oakland, with 16:42. Steve Zirkelbach, 42, of Piedmont, followed close behind with 17:25.
John Losito, 51 of Berkeley, placed first with 19:11 in the men's 50-59 category. Justin Banks of Atascadero, 32, placed first in the men's 30-39 group with a speedy 17:04.
Karsten Kaufmann, 18, no city listed, took the first in the men's 14-19 category with 16:13, while Sam Kane, 19, of San Leandro nipped at his heels with a 16:24.
Three toddlers showed their mettle. Little 2-year-old Benny Shepherd of Berkeley ran the course in 27:38. Graham Sanger of Oakland and Tadhg Bertain of Alameda could be future track stars. The 3-year-olds were clocked at 49:40 and 52:17, respectively.
Griffin Castillo, 11, of Oakland, took first in this men's 13 and under group with 19:01.
Margaret Pillsbury, 86, of Oakland, was the oldest female runner with a time of 1:14:59. Else Schopp, 77, of Brentwood, took first in the female 70 and up group with 37:48.
Janine McAuliffe, 61 of Piedmont, won for the 60-69 age group with 27:33.
Mary Smiley, 50 of San Francisco, tied with Cynthia Long, 58 of Piedmont, in the women's 50-59 race, both with 24:15 for the three-mile course.
Sarah Lavender Smith, 43, of Piedmont, took first place in the women's 40-49 group, with 19:39. Tracy MacHie, 43, of Piedmont, came in a close second with 19:49.
Erin Hong, 11, of Piedmont, came in first with 21:51 in the 2-13 age group, followed by Skyler Liu, 13, of Piedmont, with 22:43. Three 3-year-olds -- Elsa Wallway of Oakland, Leighton Mand of Piedmont and Dakota Marble of Oakland -- clocked at 55:13, 1:00:57 and 1:05:18, respectively.
Shayna Stein, 18, of Dublin took first in the 14-19 age group with 21:16, while Taylor Smiley, 23, no city listed, took first in the 20-29 group with 19:27.