November 15th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
While it may be a neighborhood away, the annual Seattle Turkey Trot that routes runners through Ballard is the Thanksgiving Day run to do!
The Turkey Trot was a true grassroots effort when Ballardites Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme, and John O’Brien organized the first event after running the Portland Turkey Trot nine years ago – and realizing Seattle had no equivalent. (and, hey, we can’t be outdone by Portland, can we?)
The 8th annual Turkey Trot is a 5K run-or-walk that kicks off on Thanksgiving morning at 9am. Early Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 10 & under – the deadline is Tuesday, November 18th. The registration proceeds benefit the Ballard Food Bank, with last year’s event bringing in over $90,000.
The Turkey Trot is family-friendly and turkey costumes are welcome! Join nearly 3,000 other runners/walkers this year and get a work-out before your Thanksgiving feast!
The Seattle Turkey Trot route starts at 32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St and the finish line is at Golden Gardens Park. After your trot, you can head back home to Queen Anne and feast away guilt-free!
Tags: fun run, Thanksgiving, Turkey Trot
November 7th, 2012 by Laura Fonda
Now that the Election is over, the bird is the word and we can turn our thoughts to Thanksgiving! And, what better way to prep for your Thanksgiving meal than to burn some calories in advance at the family-friendly Seattle Turkey Trot.
The Thanksgiving-themed 5K fun-run/walk takes place in Ballard, but draws participants from all over Seattle with proceeds benefitting the Ballard Food Bank. Last year, over 2,000 people did the Turkey Trot, raising more than $38,000 for the Ballard Food Bank. Even more trotters are expected this year and the $25 early-bird registration is a sweet deal available through Tuesday, November 13th. Registrations received after Tuesday will run $30 up to day of the Trot.
The Seattle Turkey Trot was started by Ballardites Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme, and John O’Brien – with Erin sharing a family tradition with Seattle: “In my family it was a tradition to go for a run on Thanksgiving morning. It was a way to spend time with family on the holidays and feel better about all the food we’d be eating for the rest of the day.”
So, are you looking for a fun pre-Thanksgiving feast event? Then run or walk the Turkey Trot, raise money for the Ballard Food Bank, and get a free T-shirt! Plus, dogs are welcome – see FAQ for rules on bringing you pup, as well as how to get your T-shirt (it’s strongly advised that you pick up your shirt the day prior as it’s a first-come, first-served situation).
What: 6th Annual Seattle Turkey Trot 5K fun-run or walk,
When: Thanksgiving, Nov 22, 9am
Where: Ballard – starts at 32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St, ends at Golden Gardens
Cost: $25 Early Registration by Nov 13th; $30 registration post-Nov 13th
Notes: All proceeds benefit the Ballard Food Bank
Tags: Ballard Food Bank, events, fundraiser, Thanksgiving, Turkey Trot