I 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 Turkey Trot
5K and 1 Mile Fun Runs to benefit Helpline House
Rolling Bay 5k for Haiti
Holmes Chiropractic 5k/10k Turkey Trot to benefit F.I.S.H.
Gig Harbor Skansie Park
Issaquah Turkey Trot
Heritage Park on Water Street
Thanksgiving Day Puyallup Turkeython
2nd Annual Walk for Water Turkey Trot 5k
2011 Seattle Turkey Trot
Help support the Ballard Food Bank!
Above Golden Gardens Park (32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St)
Wattle Waddle – Marathon & Half-Marathon
Gas Works Park
Ghost of Seattle Marathon, Half-Marathon & 50-K
Seattle Marathon 5-K Race: presented by South Sound Running
Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon
Magnuson Series: After Turkey Day Trot!
Turkey Trot 5K
Skamania Co Fairgrounds, Stevenson, WA
Norpoint Turkey Trot
Hot Buttered Run & Kids’ Kandy Kane Race
Turkey Trot Clark County, 10K run, 5K run
Blue Mountain Turkey Trot
Walla Walla Community College – Rooks Park Recreational Trail
Turkey On The Run, Presented by RunWenatchee
Christmas at the End of the Road 5K/1K