The likelihood of ever doing a Turkey Trot in your lifetime is good, whether you’re a runner, a walker, or just someone who wants to get out of your house and get some fresh air before the craziness of the holiday comes knocking. In the PNW, there’s no shortage of these Turkey Day races, so it’s really just about choosing the one that’s best for you. In my case, it was all about convenience.
I hadn’t planned to do ANY Turkey Trots this year, but I did want to run somewhere before stuffing my face full of pumpkin pie, so when I found out about the 2022 Grateful Gobblers Charity Fun Run, a 1.5 mile race that was a little less than 2 miles from my house, I knew I couldn’t say no.
The Grateful Gobbler celebrated it’s inaugural year this Thanksgiving and it was small but cheery. More importantly, it also raised money for a very good cause, which is especially important during the time of year that’s about giving. Every penny of the modest $15 registration fee went to benefit The Good Neighbor Center of Tigard. This is a great organization that shelters families in need for up to 6 weeks and provides them 3 meals a day while they get back on their feet.
Hope Lutheran Church hosted the event, and Pastor Paul Bourman was there to greet us all in a full turkey costume. There was also coffee and hot chocolate waiting. The event was held in downtown Tigard right next to Symposium Coffee and the route was a straightforward run down the Tigard Heritage Trail and back. This short and simple route made it ideal for kiddos, dogs, and walkers with no traffic crossings or giant hills to contend with.
The 1.5 mile run began at 9:00AM and at 9:30, there was a raffle for some prizes donated by local businesses. Symposium Coffee, the Beach Hut Deli, Well and Good Coffee, and HQ Physical Therapy all had packages for the winners.
The hope is to make the Grateful Gobblers a yearly tradition. The 2022 race generated just over $700 for the Good Neighbors Center, which was wonderful. Hope Lutheran Church is considering expanding the event to include a 5k, though the 3k option will likely stick around for those who want a little less milage.
Please stay tuned for info next year and consider joining the fun!!