leavesI love Thanksgiving.  All the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie…and of course I enjoy getting together with my family.  One thing I don’t think I’ve ever shared with anyone is that I’ve always wanted to run a Thanksgiving Day race. Usually Thanksgiving dinner is at my house and there’s so much to get ready, so many reasons not to participate, that I’ve never even mentioned it to anyone.  This year I’m still cooking dinner, but I’m trying two things that I’m not very good at: letting people help me, and taking some time for myself to participate in a Turkey Trot. I’m really excited, but not in my peak running shape, that’s what makes the Turkey Trot in my community so perfect.  It’s a 5k and there will be people of all levels of fitness on the course.  Some will be walking, others racing much faster than I ever could.  I’ll be somewhere in the middle.

Start a new tradtion with me, whether you want to run a marathon or walk a 5k, chances are there’s a race in your community, too.  I’ve put together a list of Washington State races, let me know if I missed one in your community and I’ll add it.

Happy and healthy holidays!

Bainbridge Island
 
Bainbridge Island Turkey Trot
5K and 1 Mile Fun Runs to benefit Helpline House
11/24/2011
http://www.bainbridgeturkeytrot.org/

Rolling Bay 5k for Haiti
11/26/ 2011
http://www.roadracerunner.com/re_56491/RunforHaiti.html

 
Gig Harbor

Holmes Chiropractic 5k/10k Turkey Trot to benefit F.I.S.H.
Gig Harbor Skansie Park
11/24/2011
http://www.active.com/running/gig-harbor-wa/holmes-chiropractic-gig-harbor-5k10k-turkey-trot-to-benefit-fish-2011
 

Issaquah

Issaquah Turkey Trot
11/24/2011
http://www.issaquahturkeytrot.org/

Kennewick

Turkey Trot
11/ 24/2011
http://bfredcrossturkeytrot.eventbrite.com/
 

Olympia

Oly Trot
Heritage Park on Water Street
11/24/2011
http://www.roadracerunner.com/re_45113/OlyTrot.html
 

Puyallup

Thanksgiving Day Puyallup Turkeython
11/24/2011
http://www.uberthons.com/turkeythonpuyallup
 

Ridgefield

2nd Annual Walk for Water Turkey Trot 5k
11/24/2011            
http://www.roadracerunner.com/re_63247/2ndAnnualWalkforWaterTurkeyTrot.html

 
Seattle

2011 Seattle Turkey Trot
Help support the Ballard Food Bank!
11/24/2011
Above Golden Gardens Park (32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St)
http://seattleturkeytrot.com/

Wattle Waddle – Marathon & Half-Marathon
Gas Works Park
11/24/11
http://www.wattlewaddle.com/

Ghost of Seattle Marathon, Half-Marathon & 50-K            
11/26/2011
http://www.nwultras.com/ghost_main.htm

Seattle Marathon 5-K Race: presented by South Sound Running            
11/26/2011
http://www.seattlemarathon.org/

Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon            
11/27/2011
http://www.seattlemarathon.org/

Magnuson Series: After Turkey Day Trot!            
11/27/2011
http://magnusonseries.org
 

Stevenson

Turkey Trot 5K
Skamania Co Fairgrounds, Stevenson, WA
11/24/2011
http://www.columbiagorgerunningclub.com/races/se_014.php
 

Tacoma

Norpoint Turkey Trot
11/24/2011
http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/page.php?id=1106

 
Vancouver

Hot Buttered Run & Kids’ Kandy Kane Race
11/27/2011
http://energyeventsllc.com/hotbutteredrun/

Turkey Trot Clark County, 10K run, 5K run
11/24/2011
http://www.turkey-trot.org/
 

Walla Walla

Blue Mountain Turkey Trot
Walla Walla Community College – Rooks Park Recreational Trail
11/24/2011
http://www.bfredcross.org/general.asp?SN=13943&;http://www.bfredcross.org/general.asp?SN=13943&;;OP=17110&IDCapitulo=321K4H5MMT

Wenatchee

Turkey On The Run, Presented by RunWenatchee
11/24/ 2011
http://www.runwenatchee.com/
 

Winthrop

Christmas at the End of the Road 5K/1K
11/26/2011
http://www.roadracerunner.com/re_55996/ChristmasattheEndoftheRoad5K1K.html