Trottin’ to La Quinta. Plus My Birthday! And My Dad


Old Town La Quinta Turkey Trot

Those of you who know me (either in person or through my blog), know that every year my husband and I put on a 5k race on Thanksgiving morning. We’ve been doing it for 15 years! It’s called the Turkey Trot, and for 12 of those years it took place in Palm Desert, on El Paseo (kind of the Rodeo Drive of the desert). Then we moved to Palm Springs for a year. Finally, last year we came home to La Quinta, and made it a trail race in our beautiful cove area.

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Now, I say “we,” but it is really my husband’s project. He does almost everything related to planning a race, from dealing with the city council, to planning the route, to raising sponsorships, to ordering porta-potties. I get the registration set up on, make the flyers, find the volunteers, then, on race day oversee registration. Years ago, when we were much smaller, I even handled the finish line timing, but now we hire someone to do that (thank goodness!).

I’m excited to announce that in this, our 16th year of putting on the race, we will be moving to the streets of La Quinta! Even better, we will be starting and finishing right in the center of Old Town La Quinta, our quaint shopping and dining center in our city.

Old Town LogoSo, if you are going to be in or near La Quinta over the Thanksgiving Holiday (November 27-30), we’d love to have you participate! The course will be flat and fast, the crowd fun and family oriented (we always have a free race for the little kids), and you’ll be done long before the turkey (or in my case tofurky) is ready. In fact, I almost always work at the race, then go home and prepare Thanksgiving dinner for my family.

You can register by clicking this link, the logo above, or if you want to wait until later, there is a link on the side bar. I’d love to see you out there!

My Birthday

So, Sunday was my birthday. Since I got to pick our activities for the day, we went to visit my son, daughter-in-law, and, of course, Samuel! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate.

SamuelIt was also exciting that they had just moved into their new house! They had it built in a new development (which is much closer to the desert, hurray!), and just got the keys last week and moved on Friday! So the house was still full of boxes, the walls are bare, but they are so happy to be into their first home.

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houseYes, that is my birthday wine in the foreground.

So we got to play with Samuel.

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And with the granddogs (Chloe will also be celebrating her first birthday in a couple days. Can you tell which dog is the puppy?



They took us to lunch at the Earth Bistro, a cute place in Temecula that has vegan options for us and gluten free options for them. A win-win!

Earth Bistro

Samuel 3All in all, just about the best way I can think of to spend my birthday.

My Dad

My dad and I shared the same birthday, so I always like to take some time to think about him on “our” day. He would have been 88!


How was your weekend? Any fun events or family time? Want to come to La Quinta to run a 5k with me? Did you guess which dog was the puppy?

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  1. Maryn says

    Hi Debbie, I was on the Turkey Trot website and saw that the $30 registration deadline was today, however when I went to to register it said that registraion was closed. I have a family of 5 and would really like to get them registered today. Can you help me? Point me in the right direction?

  2. says

    Happy Birthday weekend to both you & your Father! I think it’s wonderful you two share the same birthday. My heart breaks that he’s no longer here, but never forget he’s watching down and guiding you in all the right directions of life. Which sounds like he’s doing a great job!

    I think it’s very cool that you & your husband host the 5k Turkey Trot race in your town. Wishing you another successful year!

  3. says

    What a wonderful birthday! πŸ™‚ I know that on my birthday, I love to just spend time with my closest family and/or friends – I don’t need a party or gifts or anything! Just love from those who love me!

    And lets just say the only “trotting” I will be doing on Thanksgiving = trotting on over to the turkey! LOL!
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  4. says

    Hi Debbie! And happy belated birthday! I just found your blog as I was googling La Quinta Turkey Trot…. I will be in Palm Springs/Indio over Thanksgiving to work at the huge National Hockey Festival that is coming to town and wanted to see if I could get a little runski in while I am there (it helps make working over the holiday and away from my hubby and family a little more pleasant). I am even more excited to find your blog as I am progressing towards a vegan-ish diet. I will definitely be poking around a bit. Thanks! πŸ™‚
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