Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why run the Turkey Trot?
A: There are many great reasons for running the Turkey Trot. First off, 100% of the proceeds go to Clark County Food Bank, whose mission is to alleviate hunger and its root causes in Clark County. Not only is the Clark County Turkey Trot a meaningful way to help people in need, but it's a fun way to gather all your family and friends on Thanksgiving. Plus, it's a great excuse to earn that extra slice of pie with your Thanksgiving feast!
Q: Why have the charity element?
A: Thanksgiving is a whole day dedicated to giving thanks for the blessing of a bountiful harvest. So, it only makes sense to go the extra mile on such a day and give not only thanks, but aid to our hungry neighbors in Clark County. What better way to bring our community together than in the pursuit of something so worthwhile?
Q: Can I register on the day of the race?
A: No, there is no registration on race day. However, if you would like to run the race unregistered, without timing, or a shirt, you are more than welcome to do so and join the fun!
Q: How many miles is a 5K or 10K?
A: 5K is 3.1 miles, 10K is 6.2 miles.
Q: Is the course well marked?
A: Yes, the course will be clearly marked for both the 5K and 10K. More course information can be found on the Race Details page.
Q: Can my whole family run?
A: Yes. Families are encouraged and more than welcome to run! We ask that racers with strollers try to start at the back of the group.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Yes, we just ask that your dog remains on a leash and you start at the back of the group so your pup is safe from the rush of the starting crowd!
Q: What if my kid wants to run but they can't make a whole 5K?
A: That's fine, just have them walk/run as far as they can go to still join in on the fun. There's also a playground and even a kids pinata that takes place at 10:00 am, right before the Polar Plunge!
Q: How should I dress for the race?
A: Dress for running or walking, meaning athletic clothes and shoes. Keep in mind dressing for warmth and comfort. On top of that, we encourage racers to dress in funny, crazy, or Thanksgiving-Themed outfits for special prizes!
Q: When is Race Bib, T-Shirt, and Packet Pickup?
A: Like last year, we are asking that all race participants pick up their race packet (shirt, bib, etc.) the day before Thanksgiving. Race packet pick-up will be held at Clark County Food Bank, located at: 6502 NE 47th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661. Packet pickup happens from 12:00pm to 7:00pm on the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, the 21st). Can't make it? You can send someone else to pick up your packet. We trust you.
Q: Is food provided?
A: Yes, we will have bananas, bagels, coffee, and even some donuts available before and after the race.
Got another question? Feel free to contact us!