Registrations open for the Turkey Trot

It all began back in 2007 when three Ballard residents decided to go for a Thanksgiving Day run with family and friends. Now the annual fundraiser for the Ballard Food Bank has turned into a big event, drawing thousands of runners around Seattle.

Registrations are open for this year’s Turkey Trot on Nov. 23rd, and you have until the 14th to sign up with early bird pricing. Teams are already forming. Kids and dogs are welcome, too.

The Trot is a 5K jog, walk or run — rain, shine or snow — that starts in Sunset Hill at 9 a.m. and ends at Golden Gardens.

This is an important fundraiser for the Ballard Food Bank, and if you don’t want to run, you can always donate and get the T-shirt.

Last day for online Turkey Trot registration

Today is the last day to register online for the 5th annual Seattle Turkey Trot – the Thanksgiving morning 5k here in Ballard.

The cost is $25 and all proceeds go to the Ballard Food Bank. The t-shirt registration deadline was last week, so shirt sizes are on a first come, first served basis, as long as supplies last. You can register at the event but you won’t be guaranteed a shirt.

The Seattle Turkey Trot is at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning at 32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St, near the Caffe Fiore. More information and registration is here.

Here is a what Rich Marriott at King5 says to expect, weather-wise, on Thursday:

More rain and at least moderate winds are likely Thanksgiving day. The rain doesn’t look as intense, though of course swollen rivers may be at a point where large additional rain isn’t necessary to create more flooding difficulty. Winds will be strongest north and west of Everett…though not as strong as tonight and early Tuesday.

Seattle Turkey Trot looking for volunteers

One of Ballard’s funnest 5k’s is looking for volunteers. The 5th annual Seattle Turkey Trot to benefit the Ballard Food Bank is coming up on Thanksgiving morning.

The scene from the frigid 2010 Turkey Trot

Nancy McKinney from the Ballard Food Bank tells us that more than two dozen more volunteers are needed to pull the event off. She says people are needed the day before turkey day to hand out t-shirts and needed the morning of the event to help out with registration, traffic control and more. People can volunteer and participate – just let organizers know your plan before the event so they can place you accordingly.

If you’re interested in volunteering you can email the Ballard Food Bank –

If you’d like to “trot” on Thanksgiving morning – registration is now open. You can get more information here.

Trotters raise thousands for Ballard Food Bank

2010 Turkey Trotters helped raise a record amount for the Ballard Food Bank.

The 4th annual Thanksgiving 5k run/walk/jog brought in $26,000 for the local non-profit, Nancy McKinney the executive director of the food bank tells us. Although organizers aren’t sure about the number of participants because of the weather, McKinney tells us that those who did show up seemed to have a great time. “It was a fun event with a lot of smiling faces,” she says.

Ballard Turkey Trot is on for Thursday

Organizers with the Turkey Trot tell us that the 5k walk/run/jog is still on for Thursday, despite the weather.

Scene from the 2009 Turkey Trot.

So far more than 1500 people have signed up for the 5k, organizer Mary Beth Lambert tells us. Participants who have pre-registered can stop by the Ballard Food Bank on Wednesday between 4-8pm to pick up shirts. All proceeds benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

The National Weather Service says the Thanksgiving Day weather will be “cloudy with a chance of rain… possibly beginning as snow in the morning. Highs in the upper 30s to mid-40s. South wind 10 to 15 MPH.”

The Turkey Trot starts at 32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St at 9 a.m. and ends at Golden Gardens Park. You can see the route here.

Turkey Trot T-shirt deadline Tuesday

If you’re planning on running (or walking) the 4th annual Turkey Trot, tomorrow is the last day to register and be guaranteed a t-shirt.

As of Monday, 801 people have signed up to participate in the Thanksgiving day event. Mary Beth Lambert, one of the organizers, tells us that they’re hoping to beat last year’s record of more than 1100 participants. The 5k walk/run/jog raises money for the Ballard Food Bank. Last year nearly $20,000 was donated.

Registration is open until November 23rd, but you won’t be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Time to register for the 4th annual Turkey Trot

The 4th annual Turkey Trot is a month away and registration is now open.

The 2009 Turkey Trot

The 5k jog, walk or run will once again be the morning of Thanksgiving Day, November 25th. Last year was a record-breaking year with more than 700 participants. All the money raised goes to support the Ballard Food Bank. The run/walk/jog starts at NW 85th St and 32nd Ave NW and ends at Golden Gardens.

The Trot is $25 which gets you registered and a t-shirt.

And of course, don’t forget to put a costume together.

The registration form is here.

Turkey Trot raises thousands for Food Bank

Although the final numbers aren’t in yet, Nancy McKinney thinks that last week’s Turkey Trot raised thousands for the Ballard Food Bank.

McKinney, the director for the Ballard Food Bank believes the 3rd annual Thanksgiving 5k raised much more than last year’s $2,500 donation, “I suspect it will be over $15,000. We feel so blessed!” she tells us. The participation fee wasn’t the only way people could donate. Dante (shown above) brought out his cart for the hungry runners and walkers. “Dante not only brings his cart quarterly to the food bank to give lunches to people – no charge; he also brought his cart to the turkey trot and for a $5 donation he gave out a juice and a sausage sandwich,” McKinney says. (Thanks Nancy for the photo!)

Get in shape for The Seattle Turkey Trot

This Thanksgiving don’t just pig out, lace up for the third annual Seattle Turkey Trot and help raise money for the Ballard Food Bank.

The 5K fun-run (or walk) starts at 9 a.m. at the intersection of 32nd Ave NW and NW 85th, heads south on 32nd (jumps over to 34th @ 80th for the southbound leg) and ends at Golden Gardens. Organizers chose this route for the view of the Olympics and the path along the water. “In my family it was a tradition to go for a run on Thanksgiving morning,” says Erin Fortier, one of the organizers. “It was a way to spend time with family on the holidays and feel better about all the food we’d be eating for the rest of the day.”

Last year more than two-hundred people participated and $2,500 was donated to the food bank. This year they’re hoping for five-hundred participants and hope to raise $6,000 for the local charity.

You can sign up for the Trot here. If the run-walk isn’t your thing, organizers are still looking for volunteers.