West campus plays prominent role at SV Turkey Trot for 10th year in a row!

West campus plays prominent role at SV Turkey Trot for 10th year in a row!

Palmer College’s West campus played a prominent role at the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot (SVTT) on Thanksgiving morning in downtown San Jose for the 10th year in a row – on a day that will be remembered as perhaps the most remarkable in the event’s 14-year history.

The Spine heads toward the 5K finish line at Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 2018 — providing “the backbone” of the SVTT for the 10th year in a row!

In the days leading up to SVTT 2018, several other prominent outdoor events throughout the Bay Area were cancelled, due to poor air quality caused by smoke drift from the wildfires in the northern region of the state – and it appeared the SVTT might also suffer a similar fate.

However, the night before the race, a light rain cleared the air, which brought sunshine and blue skies on race-day – and more than 20,000 participants for what has grown to become the largest timed event of its type in the U.S.

SVTT 2018 marked the 10th year in a row the multi-segment Palmer Spine provided “the backbone” of the SVTT, and the Palmer West Sports Council, once again, provided complimentary race-day care.

In recognition of Palmer’s decade of participation in the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, race-organizers Silicon Valley Leadership Group invited West Campus President Bill Meeker, D.C., to the main stage adjacent to the 5K starting line, prior to The Spine taking the course for the 10th year in a row!

Organized by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (of which Palmer College is a member), the SVTT debuted in 1995 with 1,900 participants. The event now routinely draws more than 20,000 runners, walkers and trotters – which helped race-organizers Silicon Valley Leadership Group reach its goal of raising $1-million for local charities, including Second Harvest Food Bank, the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley, and Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County.

Members of the West community who helped carry The Spine at SVTT 2018 included students Samantha Arbour, Heather Baker, Shelly Bouvier, Robert Butler, Mikah Cook, Ryan Deighan, Stephanie Demick, Stephanie Fell, Kayla Gloisten, Matthew Glynn, Karisa Groff, Victoria Hall, Erin Hallahan, Tommy Lombardo, Dexter Merkling, Jae Rodrguez, Janelle Slugoski, and Mitchell Toffan. Staff-member Denise Ulett also participated for the second year in a row.

The Sports Council provided help SVTT participants “go the distance” — and recover from their efforts! — by providing complimentary race-day care for the 10th year in a row!

This year’s Sports Council team included:

  • Clinicians Pauline Anderson, D.C., CCSP® (West ’90) and Mehdi Moossavi, D.C., CCSP® West ’92).
  • Interns Corrine Alexander, Ilan Green, Marc Gusse, Joanna Holleran and Benjamin Su.
  • Clinical Assistants Emelia Bracken, Jordan Briault, Kristyn Capizzano, Eric Danielson, Iannick Remillard and Adam Will.
  • Tent Assistants Kristy Carranza, Brad Chew, Jordan Kalynchuk, Cody Miller, Josefina Smith and Mandy Wong.
  • Executive officers Dennis Matos, Haley McHugh, Korissa Ramage, Iannick Remillard and Kyle Siskar.

In recognition of The Spine’s participation in the SVTT for the 10th year in a row, race-organizers invited Palmer West President Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., F.P.A.C. (West ’82) to address the crowd from the main stage, adjacent to the starting line, prior to the start of the 5K group that included The Spine.

During the 10 years in which The Spine has participated in the SVTT, Palmer College has won “Best Costume” and “Fittest Firm” honors.

“We really think this is an incredible event, which is why we’ve been here every year, for the past 10 years. We love running in The Spine, and it’s great to have that recognized by the community. We support the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and we really love the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot.”

SVTT stage-emcee Greg Sherwood (of local PBS station KQED in San Francisco) followed Dr. Meeker’s comments by noting, “It really wouldn’t be the same without you guys!”

Visit the “Palmer College of Chiropractic – West Campus” page on Facebook for additional SVTT 2018 highlights!