Race Preview: 2015 Keizer Turkey Dash

I am excited to report that my hometown of Keizer is once again hosting it's very own Thanksgiving Day race, the Keizer Turkey Dash 5k Run/Walk.
The race will begin and end in front of the Keizer Station Lowes. Runners will head out of the shopping area and loop around the nearby Gubser residential neighborhood before returning to the finish. Check out the route map here. The route will be stroller friendly, but please leave your four-legged friends at home. Here is a little course description from my 2014 running:
Following a short jaunt through the mall area, we were spit out into the neighborhood after just a few short minutes. There is a tiny s-curve under the railroad tracks which has the potential for bottlenecks. I have been able to avoid congestion over the past few years, but I am guessing it is more of a challenge later on in the race. The run through the neighborhood area is extremely simple with a few arrows guiding runners, as well as volunteers in certain spots in the few spots traffic needed to be monitored. 

745 pre-feast runners!

For those who need all their precious Thanksgiving morning hours to cook, packet pick-up will be available on 11/25 from 12-6pm. Although this is obviously a low-key family friendly run, it does bring out a pretty solid number of runners (2014 had a whopping 745 finishers!). Thanksgiving Day dinner pies will be awarded to the winners of various age groups. All finishers will receive a commemorative mug, race shirt, and post-race refreshments (don’t eat too much though!). Here is a quote from my post-race experience last year:

After the race, runners had access to donuts, fruit, and much appreciated Starbucks coffee and hot chocolate. The post-race area was primarily covered, which offered a bit of a break from any weather that could have reared its head. However, it was nice to know that in future years, a Thanksgiving downpour would not be a complete bummer.

I am excited and thankful to be able to join in my local turkey trot once again with my family. Isn’t that what Turkey Trots are all about?!

When: 8a
Where: Keizer Station Lowes
Register: Online here; $25 adults/ $12 Youth



About Matt Rasmussen (1599 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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