What: 5k/10k Run
When: Thanksgiving Morning- 11/23/17
9:00 am for both 5k and 10k races
Where: Salmon Creek Park,
all races start & finish at Klineline Pond
Cost: $30 (All Races), $5 (Polar Bear Plunge)
More than just a 5k or 10k race, Turkey Trot is a tradition of celebration on Thanksgiving morning. With 100% of the proceeds benefiting Clark County Food Bank, Turkey Trot provides a way for the community to come together and give back on this day of thanks. While all registered racers have the option to track their time via electronic chip, the course is not designed for you to have the fastest race time. Instead, Turkey Trot exists as a celebration of thanks, an opportunity to support the community, and great way to have fun on a run!
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Turkey Trot has two race day options: a 5k walk/run and a 10k run. Both races begin at 9:00 am Thanksgiving Morning and take place along the same race course. There will usually be around a 5-minute delay between the start of the 10k and the 5k races. All age groups are welcome and encouraged to participate! Food (bagels, donuts, bananas, etc.) and coffee will be provided the morning of the race. Special prizes will also be handed out to racers that come dressed in crazy, fun, or Thanksgiving-themed costumes!
Located off 117th Street, just west of I-5, the race course travels along portions of the Salmon Creek Trail, beginning and ending at Klineline Pond. The course follows a flat, mostly paved trail that weaves between areas of forest and open meadows. The course will be clearly marked with directions and exact mile markers for both the 5k and 10k race. Water stations will be at the start/finish line as well as at the 10k turnaround. There will also be a First Aid station located at the start/finish line.
All registered racers receive timing chips in their race packets, which electronically track the racer's time. Chips are then attached to the outermost layer of clothing above the waist. This method ensures accurate timing and creates an easy, quick way for race officials to post times and rankings online following the event. Top results of the race will also be featured in local newspapers.
Since 2002, Clark County families have met together for a fun run on Thanksgiving morning. As the run grew in popularity, the families decided to organize the event and use this opportunity to give back to the community. Now, there are 1,200 racers a year and 100% of the proceeds benefit Clark County Food Bank, which provided the resources for roughly 130,000 meals last Thanksgiving!