13th annual Ballard Turkey Trot registration now open

The annual running of the turkeys is in a few weeks, with the 13th annual Seattle Turkey Trot set to happen on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 28th.

Thousands typically take part in the costumed 5k, proceeds from which go to support the Ballard Food Bank. The organizers expect to have 4,500 runners/joggers/walkers this year, and anticipate raising $150,000 for the food bank.

The 5k starts on Sunset Hill at 32nd and 85th at 9am, and ends at Golden Gardens.

“Thanksgiving is a time to offer thanks for everything we have, but it’s a bittersweet day for many of our neighbors who struggle with hunger and poverty in our increasingly expensive city,” Ballard Food Bank executive director Jen Muzia said in a statement about the event. “The Turkey Trot is a great way for all of us to come together as we run, walk, or trot to bring food and hope to our neighbors. We’re thrilled that so many people kick off their holiday with us year after year.

The Trot started 13 years ago by Ballardites Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme, and John O’Brien.

“In my family, it was a tradition to go for a run on Thanksgiving morning,” Erin said. “It was our way of spending time with family on the holidays and feel better about all the food we’d be eating for the rest of the day.”

Early registration (available until Nov. 14) is $30 and $15 for children 10 and under, and all participants will receive a t-shirt with their registration. (Day-of registration will also be available.)

Photo: Seattle Turkey Trot on Facebook

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