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Time to Turkey Trot


When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of food and family, but it’s also a big day for fun runs across the country. In fact, Thanksgiving has become the biggest running day of the year. It could have something to do with the amount of food people plan on eating later in the day, but whatever the reason, a turkey trot can be a fun activity for the family to do while the bird is cooking. Below are a few race options happening in the Seattle area this holiday.


Seattle Turkey Trot

This 5K jog, walk or run happens at 9 am on Thanksgiving morning and starts in the Sunset Hill neighborhood. Now in it’s 11th year, the race is incredibly scenic and finishes at Golden Gardens park. Proceeds support the Ballard Food Bank.


Turkey Trot at Magnuson Park

If you run more, you can eat more. Right? This race has a 5K, 10K and 15K option, as well as a 400-meter dash for kids at 9:45 am. It’s a popular race, so we recommend getting there no later than 9 am. Proceeds support Teen Feed, and any canned food you bring will be donated to the University Food Bank.


Montlake 5K Turkey Trot and Kids Fun Run

The Montlake Community Club hosts this newer race—this is only the second year! Traversing through the Washington Park Arboretum, the 5K begins at 9:30 am and the kid’s run begins at 10:30 am. Net proceeds will be donated to the University Food Bank.


Hi5K Thanksgiving Day Apple Cup 5k Run and Walk

Two days before the Dawg-Coug showdown on the football field, this race aims to have an Apple Cup of their own. Come in your team colors and gear, ready to race around Greenlake. Whether you’re a student, fan, or alumni, it’s a great option for beginning runners. Proceeds support Northwest Harvest.


Beat the Bird 5K and Lil Drumstick 1K

Happening on the Eastside at 9 am, this run starts in the Kelsey Creek Shopping Center and involved trying to beat the bird on a pre-planned course. Runners of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities are welcome. Proceeds go to Renewal Food Bank.  


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