Running turkey Phil Hudson and his wife Cassady, top, pose for a photo before the start of the 21st annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning at Civic Park in Walnut Creek. The event is a fundraiser for Walnut Creek schools and local charities. At right, thousands of runners -- including one with an eye already toward an upcoming major holiday -- take off from the starting line.


Phil Hudson, left,  and his wife Cassady pose for a photo before the start of the 21st annual Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 in Walnut Creek,
Phil Hudson, left, and his wife Cassady pose for a photo before the start of the 21st annual Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 in Walnut Creek, Calif. The event is a fundraiser for Walnut Creek schools and local charities. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)


Thousands of runners take off from the starting line during the 21st annual Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 in Walnut Creek, Calif.  The event is a
Thousands of runners take off from the starting line during the 21st annual Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 in Walnut Creek, Calif. The event is a fundraiser for Walnut Creek schools and local charities. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)