Portland Turkey Trot Guide

The Thanksgiving weekend Turkey Trot is a running community tradition! 

It's a great way to start off this wonderful holiday and feel just fine about going back for seconds at the dinner table. Enjoy some fresh air while you take on a physical challenge and connect with the community at these running events. You will have an extra bounce in your step when you return home and spend quality time with friends and family watching football and feasting on delicious turkey, stuffing, cranberries and more (we've even got one for the non-meat eaters). 

We have two things for you in this article

1 - A list of Turkey Trots happening around the Portland (and Salem!) area that you might want to check out.

2 - The RunGuides Portland Turkey Trot map to help you find Turkey Trots near you
 

Hood to Coast Turkey Trot

Hood To Coast Turkey Trot Relay
Date: Wednesday November 27, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Distance: 5k, relay and 'Kids Trot'
Run Size: 1,000

Be the first to see the lights! The Turkey Trot 5k run/walk speeds you through Sunshine Division Winter Wonderland at Portland International Raceway. There will be music and a post-race party! The course will be well marked by the holiday lights, volunteers, and a pace car will lead the charge. Note that this event happens the evening before Thanksgiving! Prizes will be given to the Top 3 male and female finishers of the 5k race. Prizes will be given to the top run and walk relay team.

> Learn more about the Hood to Coast Portland Turkey Trot...

ORRC Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo


Date: Thursday November 28, 2019
Time:
8:00 a.m.
Distance: 4-mile run/walk and kids 'Tot Trot'
Run Size: 3,000

The most popular ORRC race, the Turkey Trot at the Zoo is a multi- generational family event, Portland's oldest and biggest Turkey Trot. 4-mile participants receive an awesome 'Turkey Trot At The Zoo' finisher medal, KIND bar, and the chance to win one of 150 pumpkin pies they're giving out! Participants finish inside the zoo at the Elephant Plaza much to the delight of two-legged and four-legged mammals alike. Approximately $25,000 of entry fees go to benefit the Oregon Zoo.

> Learn more about the ORRC Turkey Trot...

Sherwood Give n' Gobble


Date: Thursday November 28, 2019
Time:
9:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k and 10k
Run Size: 2,000

This is the place to be in Sherwood on Thanksgiving Day! The event includes at 5k walk/run as well as a 10k run for runners and walkers of all ages who want to start the day doing something fun & healthy with their family & neighbors while also helping those less fortunate! The purpose of this event, besides being a great way to rev up your metabolism, is to raise money for Helping Hands, a local food bank affiliated with the Oregon Food Bank. Since the event started it has raised nearly $350,000 and 60,000 pounds of food for the local food bank. It provides funding for them for the entire year and also funds the backpack meals for kids program, which provides nutritious meals for over 100 kids each week. Register now cause it's sold out for the past 5 years in a row!

> Learn more about the Sherwood Give n' Gobble...

Turkeython

Turkeython
Date: Thursday November 28, 2019
Time:
8:30 a.m.
Distance: 5k and 'Kidathon'
Run Size: 
1,000

This 5k race happens in multiple locations in and around the Portland area including Downtown Portland, Tigard Cook Park, and Hillsboro Rock Creek Golf Club this year. All locations have finisher medals, race bibs, announcements, refreshments, and big, inflatable arches.  Additionally, all Turkeython locations are combined into a all-locations leader board. The Turkeython encourages you to form a team, bring your family, and bring your neighborhood!

> Learn more about the Turkeython...

Tofurky Trot Portland

Tofurky Trot Portland
Date: Thursday November 28, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k
Run Size: 1,000

The Tofurky Company invites you to join them for the annual Tofurky Trot on Thanksgiving Day at Oaks Amusement Park in Southeast Portland. It's 5k of family and dog friendly running! The idea - all profits from ticket sales go to Northwest Veg, a Portland-area non-profit dedicated to bringing awareness to the power of a veg lifestyle and helping support people in their transition toward making healthier, more sustainable & compassionate food choices.. Tasty veggie snacks await at the finish!

> Learn more about the Portland Tofurky Trot...

Clark County Turkey Trot (RunGuides Editor's Pick)

Clark County Turkey Trot
Date: Thursday November 28, 2019
Time:
9:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k and 10k
Run Size: 1,250

The Clark County Turkey Trot is family-friendly (and pet-friendly!) 5k Walk/Run & 10k Run. The race travels along portions of the Salmon Creek Trail, beginning and ending at Klineline Pond in Vancouver, Washington. Timing chips are optional. Every year attendees include parents pushing strollers, dogs dressed up like turkeys, friends taking the ‘Polar Plunge’ and kids filling their pockets with candy from the Turkey Trot Piñata, it’s like a party on Thanksgiving morning!  All proceeds go to the Clark County Food Bank and help provide the resources for over 140,000 meals to those in need in the community.

> Learn more about the Clark County Turkey Trot...

Keizer Chamber Turkey Dash

Clark County Turkey Trot
Date: Thursday November 28, 2019
Time:
 8:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k 
Run Size: 1,000

Family and friends can have a perfect start to Turkey Day this year with the Keizer, Oregon 5K run or walk through Keizer Station Village out and back through the Gubser Neighborhood. Come on out and join this fun annual Thanksgiving Day Tradition. Participants receive a sport tech shirt and cotton t-shirts for youth. Register early to ensure you get the commemorative finisher mug!

> Learn more about the Keizer Chamber Turkey Dash...

 

Looking for More Races?

For the complete list of Turkey Trots and other races happening in and around Portland during the year go to www.runguides.com/portland/runs.


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Published on Sep 19, 2019

Michael Prince of Vancouver is a writer, marathoner and avid mountain runner.