PIEDMONT -- Dress like a pilgrim or a turkey and win a pumpkin pie at this year's zany Turkey Trot to benefit Piedmont High's cross-country and track teams.

"It's new this year," says organizer Marilyn Weber, "that the top male and female wearing the best Thanksgiving theme costume will get a pie."

The certified three-mile race starts at 800 Magnolia Ave. and wends its way along Highland, Crocker, LaSalle, Hampton, Seaview, Craig and other streets that will be closed for about one hour and 15 minutes. For a map of the complete course, visit www.piedmontturkeytrot.com.

About 2,000 participants running or walking are expected this year, according to the "buzz" on social networking sites, Weber said. Last year, there were about 1,800 runners.

Spiderman is among the participants as runners hit the streets for the 11th annual Piedmont Turkey Trot in Piedmont, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.
Spiderman is among the participants as runners hit the streets for the 11th annual Piedmont Turkey Trot in Piedmont, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. The run raises money for the Piedmont High School's cross-country and track teams. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)

The first 1,800 runners are guaranteed a Turkey Trot T-shirt. First-place winners in 16 different age categories all will receive a pumpkin pie and gift certificate to Transports running and outdoor gear shop. Second- and third-place winners receive a Turkey Trot ribbon.

Mayor John Chiang runs the race every year and tries to talk his fellow council members to do the same.

All participants receive a race bib; refreshments follow the run.

Course monitors -- 46 of them -- are needed. There is a course monitor meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Piedmont Police Department. Numerous volunteers also are needed to hand out race day packets and T-shirts, dispense refreshments, and for set-up, tear down and trash pickup.

Last year, $15,000 was raised "enough to sustain both teams for a full year," Weber said.

"In our 12th year. the price has not changed, even though expenses have gone up dramatically," Weber said. "We pay a race timing person, buy $15,000 worth of T-shirts. There are quite a few expenses, but we want to make it fun and affordable."

Some proceeds are set aside to ensure the following year's race.

Race takes place rain or shine. Those with strollers or dogs on leash will start at the back.

Sponsors Highland Partners, Transports, Pie Hole, Mulberry's Market, Village Market, Piedmont Post, Clif Bars and Successful Applicant college consulting all are contributing in-kind services, Weber said.

IF YOU GO
What: 12th annual Turkey Trot
Where: Along Piedmont streets
When: 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28
Cost: $25 for 13 and older; $15 for 12 and younger; $40 and $30, respectively after Nov. 26
To Register: www.piedmontturkeytrot.com
To volunteer: Contact Marilyn Weber, 510-652-6445