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

Date: Wednesday November 24, 2021
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 25, 2021
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: Gone Virtual in 2021 (November 20 - December 1)
Distance: 5k and 10k
Run Size: 2,000

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...


Clark County Turkey Trot (RunGuides Editor's Pick)

Clark County Turkey Trot
Date: Thursday November 25, 2021
Distance: 5k and 10k
Run Size: 1,250

The race will take place at 5 locations all throughout Clark County on Thanksgiving Day morning. COVID is keeping us from one gigantic event at Klineline/Salmon Creek, but allowing us this year to spread out over 5 different sites.  Find a site that works for you.  There is even a “race-when-you-can” option that lets you select the day and time you want to run or walk.  All 5 sites will be open from 8am-10am, have refreshments, and 5K course timing at 9am.  Registration will include a racer’s goody bag and also a Turkey Trot 2021 T-shirt. 

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

Keizer Chamber Turkey Dash

Clark County Turkey Trot
Date: Thursday November 25, 2021
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...

Turkey Trot Team Challenge

Turkey Trot Team Challenge

Date: November 18 - 25, 2021
Distance: As far as your team can go!

During the Turkey Trot team challenge your team of 1 – 4 people will work together to see how far you can move as a team during the week leading up to Thanksgiving. 

Every 13.1 miles (21.1km) that your team covers earns you entires into a draw to win prizes.

> Learn more about the Turkey Trot Team Challenge

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.

portland turkey trot map


Published on Nov 10, 2021