With Thanksgiving fast approaching, odds are that we’re all about to be doing our fair share of over-gobbling. So with that in mind, here’s a round-up of local turkey trot races that should help to shed a bit of the guilt involved in partaking in that third helping of pumpkin pie.
The Oregon Road Runners Club Turkey Trot at the Zoo
Set in Washington Park, this hilly, 4-mile course, which starts near the World Forestry Center, travels up to the Japanese Garden, and finishes at the Oregon Zoo, has a reputation as a real gut-buster. But with three waves—a run at 8:00; a walk at 8:15; and an 8:30 “all” category—you won’t have any trouble finding the right crowd to fall in line with. Last but not least, there’s a half-mile option for the kiddies at 9:30. According to the website, registration is limited to 3,000 racers, but this morning, organizers confirmed that there are still plenty of spots open. And in true Thanksgiving fashion, they’ll probably stuff in even more. But what is truly limited is parking. Runners are strongly encouraged to use the MAX. And those that do will get a $5.00 discount on their registration or on race-related schwag. Race benefits the Oregon Zoo.
Give n’ Gobble
The flag-bearing turkey logo on the Give n’ Gobble’s website says all you need to know: Will Run 4 Food. Well, almost everything. A few other notes: This popular Sherwood race starts and finishes at Sherwood Senior High School stadium, and offers both a 5K and 10K option. Upping the feel good factor: the race benefits Helping Hand, a local food bank affiliated with the Oregon Food Bank. More than 1,000 turkey trotters turned up last year, so expect plenty of company. And take note: donate a bag of non-perishable food, and you’ll score a free race t-shirt.
Hood River Twin Tunnels
If you’re looking to “gorge” yourself, you won’t do any better than the Hood River Twin Tunnels Turkey Trot. The 5K and 12K course travels up and down the historic Twin Tunnels Trail in the Columbia River Gorge. Once part of the Columbia River Highway, the paved, car-free hiker/biker trail boasts stunning river views, craggy canyon walls, and bursts of fall color. All proceeds benefit the Mosier Community School.