Thousands of runners dressed as turkeys (and tofurkeys) will take to the streets of Sunset Hill on Thanksgiving morning for the 13th annual Seattle Turkey Trot.
The organizers are expecting 4,500 to join in the costumed 5k, and are estimating to raise about $150k for the Ballard Food Bank.
“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.”
Registration is available online, and costs $40 and $20 for children 10 and under, and all participants will receive a t-shirt with their registration. (Day-of registration will also be available for $5 extra).