Race Preview: 2014 Clark County Turkey Trot

There’s something fulfilling about waking up on Thanksgiving morning, lacing up your shoes, and running with your friends and family. Thanksgiving’s about family and I love to spend the morning with my running family. Although my running family is split between Oregon and Washington my hometown is Vancouver so typically I always participate in the Clark County Turkey Trot.

Clark County Turkey Trot Photo Credit: Clark County Turkey Trot Website

The race takes place in Salmon Creek (North Vancouver), at Klineline Pond. The race features a 5k and 10k option both starting and ending at the pond. Runners head northeast along the Salmon Creek Trail with the 5k runners turning around and the 10k runners turning around further down the trail. There are water stations at the start and finish of the race and at the 10k turnaround point.

After you finish the race head back over to the picnic shelter and load up on post-race food. Kids are invited to participate in the annual piñata event which takes place just before 10am. There is also a Polar Bear Plunge that starts at 10am. Never heard of a Polar Bear Plunge? It’s where brave souls jump into the frigid waters. This is a benefit for the Clark County Food Bank with every registered participant donating $3 and receiving a souvenir towel. There will be prizes for the most creative Thanksgiving outfits.

Polar Bear Plunge Photo Credit: Clark County Turkey Trot Website

Registration for the race is $25 and includes a Turkey Trot 2014 t-shirt.  Registration closes at midnight on Friday, November 21st or at 1,200 registered runners, whichever comes first. New this year is chip timing for all registered runners. Yay! This is a family friendly event so strollers are welcome. If you’re going to this race I highly suggest that you carpool. Parking is very limited.

The race is a benefit for the Clark County Food Bank. For more information about the Clark County Food Bank click here. There are also plenty of opportunities to volunteer so if your family would like to be involved in this event but aren’t up for running this is a great way to help out, be involved in this community event, and support this great charity.

Race: Clark County Turkey Trot
Location: Klineline Pond, Vancouver Washington
Date: November 27th, 2014
Start Time: 9am
Registration: Online for $25. No day of race registration. Registration closes Friday, November 21st

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