Ensure you enjoy your Thanksgiving feasts guilt-free this year by getting outside and joining in on a local turkey trot. These fun runs are a cherished Thanksgiving custom suitable for experienced runners and families alike. The following are five turkey trots in Washington taking place this holiday season.
Nov. 23: Turkey Trot 5K
This year, start a new family tradition by joining Arlington Grocery Outlet on Turkey Day for a Turkey Trot 5K. This family-friendly race benefits Arlington Community Food Bank and allows participants to enjoy a scenic course that meanders through Arlington’s beautiful streets and parks. Winners will be awarded cinnamon roll trays from local bakery Hammond Bread Company, and T-shirts and medals will be given to all participants. The grocery store will open for any last-minute shopping at the end of the event.
Fee: Free, donation-based.
Details: 5K, 8 a.m. start.
For more information: turkeytrot5k.itsyourrace.com.
Nov. 23: Tacoma City Turkey Trot
Tacoma City Turkey Trot is a beloved tradition that combines fitness and philanthropy. With various race options, including a 5K and 1K for little ones, this event appeals to runners of all levels. Participants not only enjoy scenic views of the Tacoma waterfront but also contribute to local charities and community programs, making it a heartwarming start to the holiday season. All runners will receive a finisher medal, enjoy pumpkin pie and receive a bib and T-shirt.
Fee: $10 for kids 1K (12 and under); $65 for adult 5K (or $70 on race day).
Details: 1K kids race, 10:45 a.m. start; 5K adult race, 9 a.m. start.
For more information: tcmaevents.com.
Nov. 23: Issaquah Turkey Trot
Trot for a good cause with Issaquah’s Turkey Trot, aiding the city’s food and clothing bank. This turkey trot in Washington is a fun and casual 5K, where participants can run, walk or trot the route. The event encourages costumes and accessories to get into the Thanksgiving spirit. Finishers will receive a shirt, bib and some Turkey Day fare to celebrate their achievements.
Fee: $40 for ages 11-plus ($45 on event day); $15 for ages 10 and under.
Details: 9 a.m. start.
For more information: fundraise.givesmart.com.
Nov. 23: Woodinville Turkey Trot
The Woodinville Turkey Trot is a delightful, family-friendly event set in the heart of wine country. Unlike other turkey trots in Washington, this run begins with a Thanksgiving Day parade from the Woodinville High School marching band and hot cocoa. Once the parade concludes, runners and walkers will enjoy a 5K course that winds through Woodinville’s charming neighborhoods and parks. Awards will be given to the top male and female in each age division, including winners of the kid’s dash. All proceeds from the exciting run will benefit Woodinville High School programs.
Fee: $40 for 5K run/walk, $5 for kid’s dash (prices increase after Nov. 19).
Details: 5K run/walk, 9 a.m. start; kid’s dash, 8:45 a.m. start.
For more information: runsignup.com.
Nov. 23: Seattle Turkey Trot
With a variety of race options, including a 5K, 10K, 15K and a kid’s dash, Seattle Turkey Trot caters to everyone in the family. Beyond the joy of trotting through historic neighborhoods, participants can feel good knowing their registration fees benefit the local food bank, University Food Bank. Food donations, including canned items, can also be donated. All finishers will receive a bib and medal to remember the special holiday.
Fee: $28 for 5K, $34 for 10K, $39 for 15K and $5 for the kid’s dash (prices increase as the event date gets closer).
Details: 9:30 a.m. start.
For more information: magnusonseries.org.