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It's Turkey Trot time! A guide to Seattle-area Thanksgiving family fun runs 2019

Photo: Montlake Community Club

Updated November 1, 2019

Thanksgiving week is all about celebrating all that we're thankful for — and noshing on great food with the whole family.

Start your Thanksgiving season off right with a fun run or turkey trot that's kid-friendly. Many events also raise money for good causes. Costumes are always encouraged, but you don't have to dress up to come and join the crowd of people running off the November gloom.

You'll kick off Thanksgiving feeling relaxed and with a good appetite for the meal.

And if you could use some tips on how to pull off a successful family 5K, read here.


Sunday, November 17

Green Lake Gobble and Mashed Potato Munch-Off

Where: Green Lake Park

Fundraiser for: Union Gospel Mission

Time: 8 a.m. registration and packet pickup, 9:30 a.m. 5K and 10K, 10:30 a.m. contestant drawing for mashed potato munch-off, 10:45 a.m. mashed potato munch-off start.

Cost: $35-$45 for the 5K, $40-$50 for the 10K, 1$ for the munch-off.

Kids’ race 9:10 a.m., Free

Strollers allowed? Yes


Sunday, November 24

Hopelink Annual Turkey Trot

Where: Marina Park, Kirkland

Fundraiser for: Hopelink

Time: 8 a.m. packet pickup and registration, 9 a.m.-9:10 a.m. rolling start of 5K

Cost: $40 for 5K.

Kids’ dash: 8:30 a.m., $10. Family Fun fair 8 a.m. until noon.

Strollers allowed? Yes


Tacky Turkey Sweater 5K

Where: Green Lake Park

Time: 10 a.m. Start

Cost: $30-$35, $20 for kids under 10.

Strollers allowed? Yes


Thursday, November 28

Seattle Turkey Trot

Where: Sunset Hill to Golden Gardens

Fundraiser for: Ballard Food Bank

5K runners start at 9 a.m., walkers start at 9:10 a.m.

Cost: $30-$45. Children 10 and under at $15-$20.

Strollers allowed? Yes


Montlake Turkey Trot

Where: Washington Park Arboretum

Fundraiser for: University District Food Bank

5K starts at 9:30 a.m.

Cost: $35-$50 for 5K

Kids’ run: 10 a.m. Choice of half mile or whole mile course. $20-$30

Strollers allowed? Ye


Magnuson Thanksgiving Run

Where: Magnuson Park

Fundraiser for: Teen Feed

Time: 7:30 a.m. start for 15K and half-marathon, 10 a.m. start for 5K, 10K.

Cost: $23 for the 5K, $28 for the 10K, $33 for the 15K, $44 for the half-marathon.

Kids 400 yard dash at 9:45 a.m. Cost $3.

Strollers allowed? Yes


Beat the Bird 5K and Lil’ Drumstick 1K

Where: Shoes-n-Feet, 15015 Main St #102, Bellevue

Fundraiser for: Seattle Humane Society

8 a.m. race number pickup, 8:45 a.m. kids 1K race start, 9 a.m. 5K race start.

Cost $30-$35, $10-$15 for kids’ dash

1K kids’ race, starting at 8:45 a.m.

Strollers allowed? Yes


Issaquah Turkey Trot

Where: Downtown Issaquah

Fundraiser for: Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank

9a.m. The course is 5K, but shortcuts are possible

Cost: $30, $15 for 10 and younger

Strollers allowed? Yes


Bainbridge Island Turkey Trot

Where: Battle Point Park, Bainbridge Island

Fundraiser for: Helpline House

7:30 a.m. On-site registration begins, 8:30 a.m. One-mile race starts. 9 a.m. 5K race starts.

Cost: $25-$35 for 5K, $15-$20 for one-mile.

Strollers allowed? Yes


Mukilteo Turkey Trot

Where: Kamiak High School

5K and 10K 8 a.m.

Cost: $40-$45 for 5K ($30 for kids), $50-$55 for 10K ($35 for kids)

Strollers allowed? Yes



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