What: 5k/10k Run
When: Thanksgiving Morning- 11/28/19
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 a 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 is usually 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 are provided the morning of the race. Special prizes are also 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 is clearly marked with directions and exact mile markers for both the 5k and 10k race. Water stations are found at the start/finish line as well as the 10k turnaround. There is also a First Aid station located at the entrance to the park- on the parking lot side of the bridge.
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 are also 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, 1,250 racers join us each year and 100% of the proceeds benefit Clark County Food Bank, which provides the resources for roughly 140,000 meals every Thanksgiving!