It has become part of the Thanksgiving tradition of many families to get out and burn some calories with a pre-feast jaunt. Thanksgiving Turkey Trot fun runs, featuring participants festooned in costumes germane to the holiday, is a great way to get a bit of exercise before devoting the rest of the day to family, feasting and football. There are several such events to choose from. The Fort Steilacoom Running Club has long hosted a Turkey Trot at Fort Steilacoom Park, on a Sunday afternoon in advance of Thanksgiving Day. The largest local Turkey Trot is Northeast Tacoma’s Norpoint Turkey Trot, hosted by Metro Parks Tacoma. The Tacoma City Turkey Trot, in the Proctor District, is a relative newcomer, as is the event across the bridge in Gig Harbor.
- Fort Steilacoom Running Club
Annual Turkey Trot 5K
Nov. 19, 2 p.m.
Ft. Steilacoom Park Barns,
8714 87th Ave. SW, Lakewood
All participants will be timed in this USATF Sanctioned Event 5K. The course is scenic, flat, and fast. There are long stretches with minimal turns. For everyone’s safety, pets are not allowed on the course. Jogging strollers are permitted, use at your own risk. A portion of this event’s proceeds will purchase food baskets for needy families. Food baskets are donated in the name of the 1st place overall male and female.
Cost: $15, day of race $20
- Gig Harbor Turkey
Trot 5K and 10K
Nov. 23, 8 a.m.
The trot starts on the main road in front of the Gig Harbor post office (3118 Judson St.), where you can drop off your cans of food and prepare for the race. Day-of registration starts at 6:30 a.m. You will also be able to pay and pick up T-shirts and bib numbers the day of the race (although we encourage everyone to pay ahead of time, to make for a quick and less-chaotic process).
The start of both routes is in front of the Gig Harbor post office on Judson Street. There will be volunteers along the way to guide you. For the latter half of the 10K, follow the orange arrows on the map. For the 5K, you will turn around approximately at the point on the map that says “5K turn-around.” The end of both routes is at the starting line, in front of the post office.
This year, proceeds are going to FISH Food Bank, a local organization called Food Backpacks 4 Kids, the Bischoff food bank, and local high school scholarships.
- 23rd Annual Norpoint Turkey
Trot 5K, 2-mile, kids dash
Nov. 23, 9 a.m.
Center at Norpoint,
4818 Nassau Ave. NE, Tacoma
The Norpoint Turkey Trot is stuffed with holiday activities and features a 5K run, 2-mile run/walk and a kids’ dash. The race has been bringing families together on Thanksgiving morning since 1995. For many people it has become as much a part of the holiday as pumpkin pie and football.
Both the 5K and 2 mile routes begin at the Center at Norpoint and wind through the streets of Northeast Tacoma, providing mountain and sound views for participants.
The kids dash remains on the Center at Norpoint campus. Participants in the kids’ dash are invited to join Norpoint staff for crafts and games in the gym while parents run/walk in the 5K or 2-mile events.
Participants are encouraged to enter the costume contest and dress up like turkeys for the sake of fitness and fun.
Strollers and dogs on leash are welcome.
Cost: 5K: $25 thru Nov. 19, $30 Nov. 20-21, $35 Day of Race
2-Mile: $25 thru Nov. 19, $30 Nov. 20-21, $35 Day of Race
Kids’ Dash: $15 thru Nov. 19, $20 Nov. 20-21, $25 Day of Race
Check-in begins: 7 a.m.
Day of race registration closes 45 minutes prior to race start.
Timing: 5k: Chip-timed, two-mile: Run clock
- Fifth Annual Tacoma City
Turkey Trot 5K and 1K
Nov. 23, 9-10:30 a.m.
3812 N. 26th St., Tacoma
It’s a family affair. Grab the whole gang and kick off your Thanksgiving with a 5K and 1K kids run in Tacoma’s Proctor District. All finishers receive a medal. Donate canned goods and receive a commemorative mug, while supplies last. All donations go to the FISH Food Bank.
Cost: 5K: $40 thru Nov. 20, $45 Nov. 21-22, and Day of Race
1K: $10 thru Nov. 20, $15 Nov. 21-22, and Day of Race