Thanksgiving race

Turkey Trots – Salem area Edition

I remember back in October 2012, when I found out that my hometown of Keizer was starting up their first Turkey Trot, the Keizer Turkey Dash, and how excited I was. I also remember wondering just how well a Thanksgiving Day race would do, considering that there are a lot of great and well-attended Turkey Day races in nearby cities (Albany, Corvallis, Portland). I shouldn’t have worried as I was blown away that the 1st year event brought almost 600 runners!

The yearly event is back and follows much of the same as years past. The race begins at Keizer Station (just off the freeway) and there is PLENTY of parking. Race check-in will be in the giant Lowe’s and offers a warm place for runners to hang out until the race starts. The race will start and end right on the streets right in front of Lowes.

Runners will run briefly through the mall area before taking a detour and entering the Gubser neighborhood. Runners will complete a full circle around the neighborhood before returning to the mall area.

Another race in the capital city is the Salem Run’ucopia. Come on out on Thanksgiving morning to burn some calories before you feast, with 6k, 10k, and 15k options to choose from. This family-friendly event will have hot chocolate and commemorative photos waiting at the end as well, and it’s gonna be fun!!

This Salem tradition will be at Riverfront Park with a start and finish at the pavilion.  Runners will pass the Eco-Earth and onto a new bridge crossing through the largest interconnected urban park in the nation.  From here, participants will head into Minto Brown Island Park. Check out the following courses:

You’ll be able to donate to the Network Exchange Club or the E.S.C.A.P.E. Child Abuse Prevention Program. Read more about them here. Outward Church is also participating this year with their annual Thanksgiving Meal Program. You can sponsor a family’s full meal for $35, a turkey for $20, or side dishes for just $10. Read more about that here. Lastly, Salem Harvest is another wonderful charity partner that you are welcome to donate to!!

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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