2018 Portland Turkey Trot Guide

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). 

Here's our guide to the best Turkey Trots around Portland.

Hood to Coast Turkey Trot Relay & 5K

Hood To Coast Turkey Trot Relay
Date: Wednesday November 21, 2018
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 courtesy of Carr Nissan. Note that this event happens the evening before Thanksgiving! Dogs are allowed on the course. Both you and your dog are encouraged to wear costumes!

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

ORRC Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo


Date: Thursday November 22, 2018
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, Porltand's oldest and biggest Turjey Trot. Runners and walkers of all abilities love the 4-mile, untimed outing between the Oregon Zoo and the International Rose Gardens. Participants finish inside the zoo, much to the delight of two-legged and four-legged mammals alike and features a kid’s Tot Trot. Costumes encouraged. It’s a baby jogger friendly event and oh, did we mention Elvis always makes an appearance?!

 

> Learn more about the ORRC Turkey Trot...

Sherwood Give n' Gobble


Date: Thursday November 22, 2018
Time:
9:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k and 10k
Run Size: 2,000

This is the place to be in Sherwood starting at 9:00 am on Thanksgiving Day! The event includes at 5K walk/run as well as a 10K run. 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. 

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

 

Turkeython

Turkeython
Date: Thursday November 22, 2018
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 Tigard, Hillsboro, downtown Portland and Vancouver Washington. The events on  Thanksgiving morning are chip-timed, and provide a location specific leader board. Aditionally, 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 22, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k
Run Size: 1,000

Vegetarians and Vegans rejoice! The Tofurky Company invites you to join them for the annual Tofurky Trot on Thanksgiving Day at Oaks Amusement Park in Southeast Portland. 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

Clark County Turkey Trot
Date: Thursday November 22, 2018
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. Over the past 16 years the community has embraced this event –not just as a Thanksgiving run, but as a Thanksgiving tradition. 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 our community

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

Salem Run'ucopia

Salem Run'ucopia
Date:
 Thursday November 22, 2018
Time:
9:05 a.m.
Distance: 5k, 10k, 15k and kids 1k
Run Size: 900

The course is a beautiful tour of the largest interconnected urban park system in the United States, beginning at the pavilion on the south side of Salem’s Riverfront Park. The 5k is an out-and-back course, with extra loops thrown in for the longer distances. There is a 1k free kid's run for ages 12 and under.

> Learn more about the Salem Run'ucopia

Looking for More Races?

Already familiar with these? You can always head to www.runguides.com/portland/runs to get a full list of upcoming Portland road runs, trail runs, and OCRs.

Published on Sep 17, 2018

Michael Prince is a writer, ultra runner, marathoner and vegetarian. Well, okay, maybe just a few bites of Turkey one day a year...