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Back at it Again: A Run Oregon recap of the 2016 Keizer Turkey Dash

Over the past few years, one tradition that has been added to our jam-packed Thanksgiving is our annual participation in the Keizer Turkey Dash each holiday morning. It seems as if more and more Oregonians are doing the same, as this year saw almost 645 participants tackle this local 5k race. Though this is down from last year, the stormy weather likely had something to do with it.

The race itself has remained largely unchanged in the 6 years since this race began. It starts in the parking lot between the local Lowes and Staples inside the Keizer Station mall, which offers plenty of parking and room to spread out both pre- and post-race. Runners take about a half mile to thin out on the mall roads before reaching a brief bottleneck to travel under the railroad tracks. Once that is done, it’s free sailing for the next few miles as quiet Gubser neighborhood streets allow for maneuvering and passing. The loop meets back up to return under the bridge and repeat the mall portion to the finish.

I believe this is my 5th time running this event and the first with my oldest daughter (7) running by herself. Previously, she was in a stroller, but this event marked off her 5th race of the year. We were both more bundled up than we wanted to be, as the weather was blustery with downpours in the forecast. Luckily, it never did end up raining that much.

After the race, finishers received coffee mugs (one of my favorite post-race items to receive) and were treated to donuts and coffee. Nothing says Thanksgiving feasting like eating a donut at 830am!

Full results can be found here.

About Matt Rasmussen (1527 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. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

1 Comment on Back at it Again: A Run Oregon recap of the 2016 Keizer Turkey Dash

  1. Connie Dingeman // December 5, 2016 at 7:37 AM // Reply

    Thanks Matt for your continued participation and support. Missed chatting with you this year at packet pick up. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

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