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

AthleteCountry5k Personal Best
Shannon RowburyUSA14:38
Emily infeldUSA14:56
Kim ConleyUSA15:05
Amy-Eloise NealeGreat Britain15:11
Renee MetivierUSA15:15
Stephanie BruceUSA15:17
Catherine MwanzauKenya15:37
Erin TeschukCanada15:41
Tansey LystadUSA15:42
Lindsey ScherfUSA15:42
Teresa McWaltersUSA15:49
Claire GreenUSA15:45
Maya WeigelUSA15:51
Hannah EversonUSA15:53
Ayla GranadosUSA15:57
Alicja KonieczekPoland15:59
Natalie RodriguezUSA16:06
Jenna HinkleUSA16:07
Stephanie BrownUSA16:24
Hannah DormanUSA16:24
Yesenia SilvaMexico16:25
Christine ThornUSA16:31
Liza ReichertUSA16:32
Annie DearUSA16:41
Maddy BerksonUSA16:59
Tiffany McBroomUSA17:05
Courtney MooreUSA17:19
Anna McDonaldUSANT
Alexina WilsonUSANT
Karlie GarciaUSANT
Eleanor FultonUSANT
Raquel LambdinUSANT
Rachel JohnsonUSANT
Risper GesabwaMexico15:42

Full Men’s Field

AthleteCountry5k Personal Best
Lawi LalangUSA13:00
David BettKenya13:06
Bolota AsmeromUSA13:15
Andy TrouardUSA13:21
Josef TessemaUSA13:22
Luc BruchetCanada13:24
Scott BauhsUSA13:28
Tesfu TeweldeEritrea13:29
Samson GezahaiEritrea13:32
Samuel AtkinUnited Kingdom13:33
Jeff ThiesUSA13:38
Brian BarrazaUSA13:38
Aaron TempletonUSA13:39
Chris OlleyUnited Kingdom13:40
Mark ParrishUSA13:41
Adam VisokayUSA13:41
James NganduKenya13:46
Weston StrumUSA13:47
Darius TerryUSA13:47
Matthew LeachGreat Britain13:53
Kyle MedinaUSA13:54
Swarnjit BoyalUSA14:01
Julian MarshUSA14:08
Jackson ThomasUSA14:10
Brian GlasseyUSA14:15
Gordon SturgessUSA14:19
Steven GrolleUSA14:23
Patrick CaseyUSA13:53
Joshua SanchezUSANT Provided
Christian AldanaUSANT Provided
Patrick HynesUSANT 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: http://svturkeytrot.com/. Media inquiries can be directed to Kimberly Ellis: kellis@svlg.org or Pam Kelly: Pkelly@svlg.org.