Applied Material Silicon Valley Turkey Trot Athletes Seek World & American Records

November 20, 2019

Four Olympians and Top International Competitors Highlight Elite Fields

San Jose, CA – The Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation announced full fields today for both their women’s Elite 5k presented by Silicon Valley Bank and their men’s Elite 5k presented by Juniper Networks. While the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is often known as one of the world’s largest turkey trots boasting over 25,000 runners and nearly $1,000,000 in annual fundraising, this year the elites are leading the conversation. Athletes will contend for more than $30,000 in prize money and potential bonuses.

On the women’s side Shannon Rowbury returns as the most accomplished 5k runner in the field boasting a best of 14:38 on the track. Rowbury is coming fresh off a victory at the USATF 5k Road Championships in New York City and has the American road record in her sites. “I’m certainly in better shape than last year” said Rowbury, “and you know, on the right day anything can happen.” Shannon will be challenged by fellow U.S. Olympians Kim Conley and Emily Infeld, plus 10k/marathon specialist Stephanie Rothstein Bruce. Full fields listed below.

The men’s field is highlighted by Kenyans David Bett and Lawi Lalang. Bett has made no secret that the IAAF World 5k Road Record is his only goal. That record was recently set at 13:22 in Paris by Robert Keter. Lalang has a best of 13:00 on the track and has placed at Silicon Valley in the past. Rounding out the elite field for the men includes Ethiopian Josef Tessema (13:22), Canadian Luc Bruchet (13:24 best), and American Jeff Thies (3rd at 2019 USATF 5k Road Champs).

Race Founder and Executive Director, Carl Guardino shared his excitement for the event. “This might be the most accomplished Elite field in our 15-year history and certainly has the most depth. While we expect over 25,000 runners at the largest timed Turkey Trot in the U.S., it brings me joy to also welcome some of the world’s fastest athletes to Silicon Valley on Thanksgiving Day”

Full Women’s Field

Athlete Country 5k Personal Best
Shannon Rowbury USA 14:38
Emily infeld USA 14:56
Kim Conley USA 15:05
Amy-Eloise Neale Great Britain 15:11
Renee Metivier USA 15:15
Stephanie Bruce USA 15:17
Catherine Mwanzau Kenya 15:37
Erin Teschuk Canada 15:41
Tansey Lystad USA 15:42
Lindsey Scherf USA 15:42
Teresa McWalters USA 15:49
Claire Green USA 15:45
Maya Weigel USA 15:51
Hannah Everson USA 15:53
Ayla Granados USA 15:57
Alicja Konieczek Poland 15:59
Natalie Rodriguez USA 16:06
Jenna Hinkle USA 16:07
Stephanie Brown USA 16:24
Hannah Dorman USA 16:24
Yesenia Silva Mexico 16:25
Christine Thorn USA 16:31
Liza Reichert USA 16:32
Annie Dear USA 16:41
Maddy Berkson USA 16:59
Tiffany McBroom USA 17:05
Courtney Moore USA 17:19
Anna McDonald USA NT
Alexina Wilson USA NT
Karlie Garcia USA NT
Eleanor Fulton USA NT
Raquel Lambdin USA NT
Rachel Johnson USA NT
Risper Gesabwa Mexico 15:42

Full Men’s Field

Athlete Country 5k Personal Best
Lawi Lalang USA 13:00
David Bett Kenya 13:06
Bolota Asmerom USA 13:15
Andy Trouard USA 13:21
Josef Tessema USA 13:22
Luc Bruchet Canada 13:24
Scott Bauhs USA 13:28
Tesfu Tewelde Eritrea 13:29
Samson Gezahai Eritrea 13:32
Samuel Atkin United Kingdom 13:33
Jeff Thies USA 13:38
Brian Barraza USA 13:38
Aaron Templeton USA 13:39
Chris Olley United Kingdom 13:40
Mark Parrish USA 13:41
Adam Visokay USA 13:41
James Ngandu Kenya 13:46
Weston Strum USA 13:47
Darius Terry USA 13:47
Matthew Leach Great Britain 13:53
Kyle Medina USA 13:54
Swarnjit Boyal USA 14:01
Julian Marsh USA 14:08
Jackson Thomas USA 14:10
Brian Glassey USA 14:15
Gordon Sturgess USA 14:19
Steven Grolle USA 14:23
Patrick Casey USA 13:53
Joshua Sanchez USA NT Provided
Christian Aldana USA NT Provided
Patrick Hynes USA NT Provided

Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

Founded and produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation, the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot is the largest timed Thanksgiving run in the U.S.; an event that has become a tradition in Silicon Valley. More than 25,000 community members participate in this annual event raising $8.7 million in 14 years. Everyone is welcome. From family-friendly fun runs/walks, to honoring our policemen, firefighters, military and veterans; this race captures the essence of what Thanksgiving is all about. Come celebrate on November 28 (Thanksgiving morning) and help reach the goal of $1 million for local charities. For more information and to register, please visit: Media inquiries can be directed to Kimberly Ellis: or Pam Kelly: