There’s still time to sign up for the 11th annual Turkey Trot |

There’s still time to sign up for the 11th annual Turkey Trot

Hundreds if not thousands of runners are expected to hit the streets this Thanksgiving for the 11th annual Michael Edward Bratton II Turkey Trot.

The 5K run/walk and 10K run start at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Hooper Stadium at Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Road. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m., though runners are encouraged to register early online or from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday in person at the stadium. Runners also can collect their shirts and race bibs on Wednesday.

People can register online at

“There’s a good chance, if you come Wednesday, you’ll get a T-shirt,” said Mike Bratton, co-chairman of the event.

It’s possible all T-shirts will be gone by race day.

Registration is $25 for adults and $12 for children 14 and younger.

The main benefactor of the money raised through registration and sponsorships is Anew Day, a Grass Valley counseling center. All proceeds are used for suicide prevention and depression awareness.

The run raised about $56,000 last year and about $258,000 over the past decade.

Organizers created the annual race after the suicide of Bratton’s 25-year-old son.

“We had no idea he was depressed,” Mike Bratton said. “He was building his own house. He was a friend to many, many people. It was a shock to us — and a pain that never goes away.”

Bratton II played football as a Nevada Union student and returned to coach the school’s junior varsity team. He wanted to start a Turkey Trot while at the school. It didn’t start before he died, though his family made it a reality afterward.

Bratton encouraged people to register for the race or just watch as runners pass the finish line.

“I promise you, you’ll walk away with a very good feeling in your heart,” Bratton said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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