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Seattle Turkey Trot
Nov. 28, Seattle
In 2007, three Seattle runners decided to create the Seattle Turkey Trot to ease their guilt from eating vast quantities of food on Thanksgiving Day. Their idea caught on, and now the Seattle Turkey Trot is a popular annual event, organized by the Ballard Food Bank. The event is still low-key—the course is an unofficial, unmeasured 5K distance, and runners are encouraged to join for a holiday celebration over achieving a PR. So run, enjoy and eat plenty of turkey.
Oregon Mid-Valley Road Race
Nov. 28, Albany, Ore.
The Oregon Mid-Valley Road Race features a 5.2-mile and 3.75-mile race, as well as a 2.5-mile walk. Race proceeds benefit the Mid-Valley Lions Club, which offers health services, such as eye exams, YMCA mentoring, health screenings and neighborhood park improvements for lower-income areas in the community. The race also includes a school challenge: The high school and junior high school with the most registered participants from the designated cities—Albany, Corvallis, Philomath, Lebanon and Jefferson—receives a $1,000 donation. What’s more? The race includes catering from Eola Hills Winery and Pig Out BBQ.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Dec. 8, Portland, Ore.
Get into the spirit of giving by participating in this Portland-based event, with proceeds going toward arthritis research and programs. Costumes, antler hats and shoelace bells are encouraged; the 5K event also includes a holiday costume and ugly sweater contest. Participants who raise $1,000 or more get access to the VIP tent, which offers breakfast food and private bathrooms—the top fundraising team even receives its own Porta Potty on race day. Top fundraisers also win prizes, including holiday-themed tube socks for those who raise at least $100.