There won't be any turkeys in the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving in Huntington Beach.
But as far as organizer Harvey Saarloos is concerned, thanks will be in order — and not just for the holiday meal ahead.
The Seal Beach resident is a member of Causelife, a Virginia-based nonprofit dedicated to providing clean water wells in developing countries. He and other local residents plan to start Thursday with a 5- to 10-kilometer walk around Huntington Beach, with all proceeds going to wells in Uganda, Guatemala or Haiti.
Saarloos and his friends have created a series of signs to post along the route that depict Third World water conditions. On a day when many people take the day off work and relax with their families, he intends them to be sobering reminders.
"I had those made so when the walkers or runners are going down the 5K or 10K, they would be thought-provokers," Saarloos said. "People might know why they're running or walking in our event, but by the time they finish the event, they will positively know why they walked or ran the event. They'll know where their money is going to go."