More than just a 5K or 10K race, the Turkey Trot is a tradition of celebration
on Thanksgiving morning. For some it’s an excuse to eat an extra piece of pie
later in the day! For all it is about being together, and helping the community.
The course is not designed for you to have the fastest race time of your life.
It is designed for fun, connection, and encouragement! In addition to the race
itself, you’ll experience lots of post-race food (coffee, bagels, donuts,
bananas, etc.), the annual piñata for kids, and the infamous Polar Bear Swim
into Klineline Pond!
All races start at 9:00am on Thanksgiving morning. There will be
day-of-race registration this year. We will be having a packet/shirt/bib pick-up the day before the race on
Wednesday the 21st from 3pm-7pm at the Clark County Food Bank (you’ll get all those details in
an email after you register).
The race course travels along Salmon Creek, beginning and ending at Klineline
Pond. This trail is flat, with some parts paved and others trail, the path
weaves between areas of forest and open meadows. It is located off 117th Street,
just west of I-5. Click Here For Map
Parking can be tight, so carpooling is suggested! There is parking at the
location but note that there is a $3 fee per car imposed by the county. There
are some other lots that are close as
Course will be clearly marked for both the 5k and the 10k, mile marker signs are
placed throughout both 5k and 10k events at exact distances. Water will be at
the start/finish and at the 10k turnaround First aid station, and food to
This year we will be utilizing chip timing for the runners who have registered.
This will allow us to get accurate racer information and post the results!
The kids piñata event happens just before 10:00 am. It will take place adjacent
to the food area. This is a fun tradition for kids to participate in!
Polar Bear Plunge
Afterwards join us for the "Polar Plunge"! It’s back again! Every
year, a few brave folks jump into the icy waters of Klineline Pond. This annual
event happens right at 10:00am, after most racers have finished. Participation
is optional of course, and there is no registration required. Just bring a towel
and change of clothes!