Race Preview: 2019 Turkey Trot Eugene

On Thanksgiving day, at Maurie Jacobs Park in Eugene, Oregon, you can get in some excellent pre-Thanksgiving dinner exercise. The Turkey Trot Eugene will feature a 4-mile run, a 2-mile walk, and the 200 meter Kids Gobbler Gallop. The 4-mile run begins at 9a, the 2-mile walk at 930a, and the Gobbler Gallops at 1015a.

We have had bloggers participate in the Turkey Trot Eugene before and reported back that the event logistics were excellent, and there is ample parking at the start/finish line. They are described as such:

The 4-Mile consists of a gorgeous loop around the Ruth Bascom Trail network, situated next to the Willamette River. Make a wish at the mid-point, as you complete the short “Out & Back Wishbone” section under the bike bridge at Alton Baker Park, prior to crossing the bike bridge. The 2-Mile course will be a beautiful tour of the flourishing wetlands on the north side of the VRC footbridge, returning to the finish line after a 1-Mile “out and back”.

Check out specific course maps for the 4-mile running event and the 2-mile walk.

Both the 4-mile run and 2-mile walk will be chip timed and special holiday-themed awards will be given to the overall Male & Female finishers in the 4-Mile run. The top three in each age group in the 4 mile run will receive medallions. Though there are no awards for the 2-miler, everyone receives the awesome individual print-out for their race results from Eclectic Edge Racing and all entrants in both events will be eligible to win prizes in the random prize drawing.

Don’t forget to bring some dry food and canned food donations for Food For Lane County. You can drop these off at packet pick-up or on race day near the starting line.

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019

Start Time: 

  • 9a for the 4-mile run
  • 930a for the 2-mile walk
  • 10a for the Kids Gobbler Gallop


  • $25 for adults 18+
  • Deduct $5 for participates 17 and under or 60+
  • **SPECIAL DEAL** Register a child 12 & under for FREE, with a paid adult for either distance. This deal is ONLY through midnight on 11/11, Veterans Day.
  • Add $5 for race day registration
  • Long Sleeve shirts are $14

Register: Click here to register


About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, 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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