Participants are encouraged to wear their best turkey costumes

ATASCADERO — El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) has announced the return of the North County Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. 

On Thursday, Nov. 24, ECHO will host the event at the Atascadero Lake Park. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Pavilion Bandstand, with the run to begin shortly after 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear their best turkey costumes while they run, walk or trot around the lake. 

Prizes will be awarded for the fastest time and best costumes. There is a suggested $20 donation to participate, and proceeds will help ECHO to continue providing services to those who need it most. ECHO’s North County Turkey Trot began in 2019 as a fun way to encourage community members to come out and give back to one of our local nonprofit organizations. But now the event has turned into a North County Thanksgiving tradition for families and runners alike. Supporting ECHO are many local sponsors who have made a large impact, including a returning sponsor the BLoved Foundation who has generously offered to match each individual donation. 


“We are thrilled to once again have the support of the B Loved Foundation for our North County Turkey Trot,” said Wendy Lewis, CEO and President of ECHO. “We are so grateful to all our amazing sponsors and community members who make putting on these events possible.” 

For more information on the 4th Annual Turkey Trot or to find out other ways you can give back this holiday season, visit ECHO’s website at

Thank you to their sponsors:

Community Match Sponsor

B Loved Foundation

Presenting Sponsor

Pacific Premier Bank

Gold Sponsors


Mechanic’s Bank

Silver Sponsors

Don and Elaine Witmer

BHE Renewables

Central Coast Movers

Bronze Sponsors

Speciality Construction Inc.

Steve Schmidt Topsoil

Z Villages

Kara Woodruff

Competitive Edge Media Management

Community West Bank

Idlers Home

Gerber’s Automotive