Washington Turkey Trot Race Previews: 2018 Clark County Turkey Trot 5k/10k (Vancouver) & 2018 Turkey Trot 5k (Longview)

Thanksgiving is the time of year where I feel most fortunate, and it’s also the best time of year to consider giving to people in need. The 2018 Clark County Turkey Trot 5k/10k began as a way for families to get in an early morning run before a Thanksgiving dinner, and it has now grown into a great way to help the community. 100% of the race day proceeds are donated directly to the Clark County Food Bank which helps provide over 100,000 meals to those who would otherwise go hungry.

This event, which starts at 9:00AM on Thanksgiving, offers a 5k walk/run and a 10k run. This is something that the whole family can participate in, so make it your new Thanksgiving tradition! Strollers and even dogs (on a leash, of course) are allowed on the course, though they should stay at the back of the pack to avoid congestion. There’s a playground and a pinata for the kids at 10:00AM right before the Polar Plunge.

Both races follow the same race course along portions of the Salmon Creek Trail and begin and end at Klineline Pond. The course is flat and mostly paved and it meanders thru forest and open meadows. It’s also clearly marked and there will be water stations at the start and finish as well as at the 10k turn around point. There will be one First Aid station at the entrance to the park.

Crazy costumes are encouraged for this run, as well as anything Thanksgiving-Themed. There will be special prizes for those who dress for it!

The $30 registration includes a t-shirt, race timing, a goodie bag, and food, as bananas, bagels, coffee, and donuts will be available after the race to enjoy.

Race packets need to be picked up the day before Thanksgiving at the Clark County Food Bank between 12:00PM and 7:00PM.  Registration is NOT available on race day, though you can run unregistered without a timing chip or shirt if you want to join in on the fun race morning.


What: 2018 Clark County Turkey Trot 5k/10k

When: November 22nd, 2018 at 9:00AM

Where: Salmon Creek & Klineline Pond, Vancouver, WA

Cost: $30 (Polar Bear Plunge only is $5)

Register: Here

Packet Pick-Up: November 21st, 2018 from 12:00PM to 7:00PM at Clark County Food Bank (6502 NE 47th Ave., Vancouver, WA)

For another running option in Washington on your Turkey Day, you can also consider the 2018 Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk presented by Comcast. This race is in Longview, WA and it’s also on Thanksgiving morning.

This 5k Fun Run will travel one lap around Lake Sacajawea Park and it starts at Hemlock Plaza since the race has outgrown it’s previous location at the Lions Shelter.

Prizes will go to the best costume, the largest family participation, and there are more to come!

The cost for the race is $30 with a long-sleeve tech shirt included or $15 if you opt out on the shirt. Registration without the shirt will be available up to the day of the event, and only a limited number of shirts will be available for purchase at the event. The deadline to register for the shirt option is November 12th.

There will be packet pick up at the Recreation Office (2920 Douglas Street) on 11/21 from 12:00PM to 6:00PM. There will also be an option to pick up your packet  on the day of the race.

Come on out and gobble until you hobble on Thanksgiving before you eat all the food!!


What: 2018 Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk presented by Comcast

When: November 22nd, 2018 at 8:30AM

Where: Hemlock Plaza, Lake Sacajawea, Longview, WA

Cost: $30 ($15 without shirt)

Register: Here 

Packet Pick-Up: November 21st from 12:00PM to 6:00PM at the Recreation Office (2920 Douglas Street, Longview, WA)

About Nikki Mueller (623 Articles)
I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.
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