Looking for a way to start your food-heavy holiday with a workout that will boost both your heart rate and your appetite? Sign up for a local Turkey Trot in your area. Not only will you burn a bunch of calories before you gobble down a big Thanksgiving dinner, you can also have a lot of healthy fun with the whole family. Here are some Northwest Turkey Day runs to consider:
Seattle Turkey Trot (9 a.m. – Seattle)
Friends and families gather at NW 85th Street and 32nd Avenue NW to start their walk, jog or run to beautiful Golden Gardens Park. The 3.1-mile (5K) route takes you through Ballard, Sunset Hill Park, and along the water for a casual, not-too-hilly workout. Registration is $30 for adults and $20 for children 10 and under. All proceeds from the race go to the Ballard Food Bank.
Tacoma City Turkey Trot (9 a.m. – Tacoma)
If you’re near Tacoma, head to the city’s Proctor District for this 5K run/walk, or a kids’ 1K. Awards are presented to the top finishers, but don’t worry – you can make this run as serious (or not so serious) as you want. Either way, you’ll have a blast running around downtown with your friends and neighbors. Registration is $35 for 5K runners/walkers and $10 for the kids’ 1K (parents welcome).
Turkey Trot at the Zoo (8 a.m. – Portland)
Sponsored by Columbia Bank and the Oregon Road Runners Club, this 4-mile, family-friendly fun run takes you on a moderate route from the World Forestry Center, around Washington Park and into the Oregon Zoo. There is also a 1/2-mile “Tot Trot” for your little ones. Admission to the zoo is waived with registration, so you and your family can visit with the animals post-run as well. Registration is $30 for individuals and $40 for families. Proceeds from the event benefit the zoo.
West Linn Turkey Trot (9 a.m. – West Linn)
Hit the trails at Mary S. Young Park for a casual, 3- to 4-mile run that benefits the West Linn Food Pantry. Sponsored by the Portland Running Company, the family-friendly, out-and-back course is well marked and lures you to the finish with spiced apple cider, coffee and donut holes from Willamette Coffee House. There is also a 1K kids trot for children 7 years and younger. There’s an opportunity for everyone in your family to run. Registration is $25 for individuals running the 4-mile course and $10 for the 1K kids’ trot.
What’s your favorite holiday fun run? Tell us about it in the comments section below.