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Thanksgiving Day Races and Turkey Trots Round Up Blog

Costumed runners at the Cincinnati Thanksgiving day race

Autumn is just around the color and (I feel) is one of the best times of the year! To run as the leaves are changing from green to gold is an experience like no other. Appreciating the fall foliage is not the only reason to enjoy the change in seasons though! The crisp autumn air means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. And Thanksgiving means tons of Turkey Trot options available for you! After all, you do have to earn that turkey and pumpkin pie, or whatever feast you will delight in on that day. If you're looking for a great way to run off that turkey dinner, here are several options to choose from!

Thanksgiving Day has to be this country’s biggest running day, and I wouuld guess that we have more races on this day than any other. You are sure to find a race in your area, or nearby on this holiday!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

CCRC Turkey Trot 5k (Vancouver, Wash)
When and Where: 10a – Marine Park
Register: Free for CCRC members, $2 for non-members

Sunday, November 23, 2014

EWEB Run To Stay Warm Half Marathon, 10k and 5k (Eugene)
When and Where: The half starts at 9a, the 10k and 5k at 9:15a – EWEB Plaza at 4th and Mill
Register: Online for the half for $45 or the 10k for $30 and 5k for $20 before 10/22

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Before The Bird Fun Run and Walk (Portland)
When and Where: 6pm – 42nd and Woodstock Blvd.
Register: Free, but it’s a suggested donation of $5, or canned food, or clothing.

Pequot club members, Ray Rodgers and Anna Griffin, dressed in pilgrim garb leading the annual procession of bagpipers and runners to the starting line of the annual Thanksgiving Day road race and walk sponsored by the Pequot Runners. (2010)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Oak Hills Turkey Trot (Beaverton)
When and Where: 10a – Oak Hills Elementary School at 2625 NW 153rd Ave – park in the front of the school, either in the parking lot, or along NW 153rd, near the Oak Hills Rec Center. Please DO NOT park on NW Norwich Ave, or along NW 153rd right in front of the school
Register: $2 +2 cans of food

Tofurkey Trot (Portland)
When and Where: 9a – Mt. Tabor Park (near Basketball Court)
Register: $25 preregistration or $30 DOR

Oregon TurkeyThon (Tigard)
When and Where: 8a – Bridgeport Village starts at Regal Cinemas)
Register: The 5k for $30, and the 10k for $35

ORRC Turkey Trot 4-Miler (Portland)
When and Where: The first wave starts at 8a – World Foresty Center
Register: Online for $30 (ORCC members receive a $5 discount)

Give and Gobble 10k/5k (Sherwood)
When and Where: 9a – Sherwood High School at 16956 SW Meineke Road in Sherwood
Register: Online for the 5k for $25 or the 10k for $30 or DOR for $30/$35.

Hood to Coast Series Turkey Trot Run/Walk (West Linn)
When and Where: 9a – Mary S. Young Park in West Linn Oregon
Register: First 500 free, then $25

Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk (Coos Bay)
When and Where: 9a – Empire Lakes
Register: Bring 2+ Canned Food items for donation

OAC 5k & 10k Turkey Trot (Corvallis)
When and Where: 8a – OAC at 1940 NW Highland
Register: Online for the Little Gobblers 1k for $12, and the 5k or 10k for $30 until 11/23 ($40-45 late registration and DOR)

Club 24 Turkey Trot 10k, 5k and Mile (Echo)
When and Where: 9a – Main Street
Register: Online for $15 for the 10k or 5k, and $10 for the mile

Turkey Trot Eugene (Eugene)
When and Where: 9a for the 4-Miler and the 2-Mile Walk
Register: Online for $20 or DOR for $30

Oregon Mid-Valley Road Race 5k/8k (Albany)
When and Where: 8a – North Albany Village Plaza
Register: Online for the 5.2 miler for $25/$40 w/shirt ($30 DOR no shirt), the 3.75 miler for $20/$35 w/shirt ($25 DOR no shirt) and the 2.5 mile walk for $15/$30 w/shirt ($20 DOR no shirt

Keizer Turkey Dash (Keizer)
When and Where: 8a – Keizer Station Village
Register: Online for $25 until Nov 10th, $30 until Nov 27 and DOR is $35

Mosier Twin Tunnels Run (Hood River)
When and Where: 10a – Historic Old Highway
Register: Online for $15 or DOR for $20

Tickletrot 5K (Sandy)
When and Where: 8a – Tickle Creek Trail
Register: Free, but donations gladly accepted and benefits the Sandy Community Action Center

Newport Turkey Trot (Newport)
When and Where: 9a – Port of Newport Marina
Register: Online 5K/10K/15K for $25/$35 DOR Kids run for free

21st Annual Bucks County Roadrunners Thanksgiving Day 5 Miler Run and One Mile Fun Run/

Medford Turkey Trot (Medford)
When and Where: The 8 Miler is a 8a, the 2 Miler at 8:30a – Rogue Rock Gym
Register: 8 mile and 2 mile are $20, SOR members save $5, Family registration $50

Turkey Stuffer (Springfield)
When and Where: 
8:30a – Splash! at Lively Park
Register: 
Online for $15 – but kids 14 and under run free! Note there is no DOR registration

Central Oregon Thanksgiving Classic (Bend)
When and Where: 9a – Bend
Register: Unknown at this time

Turkey on the Run 12k and 5K (Wenatchee)
When and Where: 9a – Rotary Park
Register: 5K $15/$30 and 12K $20/$40

3rd Annual Ark Animal Care Turkey Trot to benefit Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary (Mill City)
When and Where: 9a – Kimmel Park
Register: $15 with donations gladly accepted

Walk for Water (Ridgefield, WA)
When and Where: 9a – Ridgefield Church of the Nazerene
Register: 10K run for $30, 5K walk/run for $25 and $40 for family

Clark County Turkey Trot (Vancouver WA)
When and Where:  9a – Salmon Creek
Register: Online for $25 (NO DOR this year)

CGRC Turkey Trot 5k (Stevenson, Wash.)
When and Where: 8a – Skamania Country Fairground
Register:  Free with a donations of $2 or non-perishable food items

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Madras Aquatic Center Turkey Trot 5K & 10K (Madras, OR)
When and Where: 9a – Madras Aquatic Center at 1195 SE Kemper Way
Register: Register online or at the MAC. Each race is $10 dollars for MAC members, $20 for non-members

Winter Wonderland of Lights (Portland, OR)
When and Where: Festivities start at 4pm at Portland International Raceway
Register:  $40 for 2, 4, or 6 miles

Saturday, November 30, 2014

Hot Buttered Run 12k/5k (Vancouver, Wash.)
When and Where: The 12k is at 9:30a and the 5k at 10a – Ester Short Park
Register: Online – 12K prices are for $50 10/15 until race, or $55 DOR, 5K prices are for $45 10/15 until race, or $50 DOR, 1K prices are for $8/$12 10/15 until race, or $15 DOR,

2013 montage of holiday races

Did I miss one? Let me know!

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About Maryalicia Verdecchia (84 Articles)
I am a mother, wife, and a sister who loves to run. Especially with my family if it's possible. I am a "Social Suzy' who tries to go to as many events and races as possible. Running is preferred, but I do volunteer when I can. When I am not running, you may find me wine tasting, traveling, or spending time with my family. I am proud to be part of the Run Oregon Team! If you see me, say 'Hi!'

3 Comments on Thanksgiving Day Races and Turkey Trots Round Up Blog

  1. Sarah Fleming // October 20, 2014 at 5:45 PM // Reply

    Hello! Thank you so much for posting all these great runs in Oregon. I wanted to let you know about one in Sandy, Oregon (4th fastest growing area in Oregon!) We have one called the Tickletrot, right along the beautiful Tickle Creek Trail. The money raised goes to support a nonprofit/ charitable organization in the area. Last year they raised money for the Sandy Community Action Center. We’ve got a strong running community out here, and it would be great to get a shout out. http://www.tickletrot.com/#!upcomingtrot/c1mya
    Thanks so much!
    Sarah Fleming
    on behalf of the Sandy Women’s Running Group

  2. Thanks Sarah! I added it. Good luck on raising funds.

  3. Sarah- We also added this to our Race Calendar and will have a preview up on Thursday!

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