Race preview: 2016 Turkey Rama Turkey Trot (McMinnville)

If you didn't get a chance to run one of the many Turkey Trots around Thanksgiving and it put you in a fowl mood, you should gobble up the rare opportunity to run a Turkey-themed race in July! The Turkey Rama Turkey Trot 8k/5k in McMinnville is one of the oldest races around (I have a T-shirt from 1988). Part of the city's annual Turkey Rama festival celebrating the history of the local poultry industry, the race takes place on Saturday, July 9th. The course is certified, and the race will be chip timed. This is one of those races where you'll want to stick around afterward and take in the many other activities at the festival:

“Celebrating its 56th year, Turkey Rama is one of McMinnville’s oldest and most loved traditions! The community festival observes the historical importance of the once-thriving turkey business in the surrounding county. The turkey farms are gone, but Turkey Rama lives on!

As the face of our community has changed, so has the festival itself. Turkey Rama now includes the ‘World’s Largest Turkey BBQ,’ a Carnival, the Turkey Trot (Run & Walk). Downtown you’ll find vendors, a Food Court and Beer Garden, the Vendor Village, Friday Night Street Dance, lots of Music and Demonstrations, contest such as the Beard and Mustache, Pulled Pork Slider Eating and for the kids a Watermelon Seed Spitting contest, and more!”

The world’s largest turkey BBQ awaits you after the race!

What: Turkey Rama Turkey Trot 8k Run and 5k Run/Walk

When: Saturday, July 9th

Where: Packet pickup and day-of-race registration begins at 7:00a at the Tennis Courts near Lower City Park, McMinnville. Race start at the McMinnville Chamber Of Commerce (4th & Adams).

What time: 8k – 8:00a; 5k – 8:10a

Registration: $25 through June 30th includes shirt. Late registration is also $25, but without a shirt. You can register online HERE.

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