Weekend Highlights

Published November 25, 2013
At Home & Living

A Gaggle of Turkey Trots

by Taryn Zier

What’s the best thing to do before the turkey part of Turkey Day? Get the family out for a turkey trot! It will energize everyone and help combat post-dinner sleepiness on Thanksgiving. There are several fun runs scheduled for Thanksgiving Day morning, and many of them benefit local food banks. It’s a double-whammy of feel-good.

The Turkey Day Trot at Magnuson Park in Seattle, part of the popular Magnuson Series, includes a 5K, 10K and 400-meter kids’ dash. Dressing up is encouraged, as is bringing donations for Teen Feed, the featured charity of the run (www.magnusonseries.org). 

The Turkey Day 5K and 5 Mile Fun Run in Redmond takes place at the city’s Watershed Preserve. Dress up your “turkey legs” and see how fast they can carry you through the 5- or 1.7-mile course. Be sure to bring canned food donations for the Maltby Food Bank (www.finishstrongevents.com). 

Tacoma’s Norpoint Turkey Trot includes a 5K run, 2-mile run/walk and kids’ trot, followed by crafts and games. Nonperishable food and gently used athletic shoe donations are welcome (www.metroparkstacoma.org). 

The Bainbridge Island Turkey Trot features a 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk at Battle Point Park. This race is stroller-friendly and there are prizes for costumes. Donations benefit the local food bank, Helpline House (www.bainbridgeturkeytrot.org).

For more active family fun ideas for this week, visit Seattle's Child's online calendar

Photo courtesy of Metro Parks Tacoma.


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