The seventh annual Gene Galindo Memorial Turkey Trot Cross took a holiday tradition a step further, hosting a leg of the Southern California Prestige Series of Cyclocross district championships.
"So many people don't even know what [cyclocross] is yet," said race director Dorothy Wong.
The number of competitors has doubled in four years for the race — with 300 competitors this year — that traced out a complicated pretzel shape across grass, paved road, sand, dirt, trees and speed bumps at Verdugo Park.
The course, measuring just under two miles, involved nearly four miles of tape and required race coordinators to begin clearing biking hazards, such as sticks along the course, on Friday.
"It always takes a bit of hard work," said Matt Gunnell, former race director who now manages the race. "But this is the sixth year we've had it on this holiday weekend, and it's become a tradition."