Fortunately, no matter where you are over Thanksgiving, you are sure to find a Turkey Trot to participate in . . . More mashed potatoes, please! If you happen to be indulging while in Southern Oregon, here are a few options for you.
YMCA Turkey Trot – Grants Pass: This 4th Annual event is at 8:30 A.M. on Thanksgiving and includes a 5K run and a 2 mile walk. The race starts at the YMCA, located at 1000 Redwood Ave. The 5K entry fee is just $15 (if registered by Nov. 20) with shirts available for $20. The 2 mile walk is $5 per person or $20 per family. The 5K will include age and gender awards, while the 2 mile walk will have prizes for best costumes. This event benefits the YMCA Strong Kids After School Programs.
Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk to Support Wildlife Safari – Winston: Here is your chance to run with the cheetahs, tigers, and more at 8:30 A.M. on Thanksgiving. The course for this 5K is on the carnivore loop inside the Wildlife Safari. Register in advance for this event for just $15! Kids 12 and under can participate free of charge. Your entry fee will go to support Wildlife Safari’s Animal Conservation efforts.
Moore Park Turkey Trot– Klamath Falls: This 5K is held at Moore Park (685 Lakeshore Drive) at 9:00 A.M. on Thanksgiving. The entry fee is an unwrapped child’s gift for Toys for Tots or a cash donation that will go to the local food bank.
Southern Oregon Runners Turkey Trot Run – Central Point: This event is held at Jackson County Expo at the Fairgrounds and includes a 2 mile run/walk, an 8 mile run, and a Turkey Dash for kids 5 and under. The Turkey Dash is free and includes a finisher medal, but please bring a can of food as a donation. The 2 and 8 mile races are just $15 for Southern Oregon Runners members or $20 for non-members. Day of race registration will be $25. Long-sleeved shirts can be purchased when pre-registering for $12. Age group awards will be given for both the 2 and 8 miles races. This event will benefit the Southern Oregon Runners Club shoes for student runners and cans of food will be collected for the local food bank, as well.