Before indulging in a decadent Thanksgiving dinner, those who live in Portland can go for a morning run with friends and family in the annual Oregon Zoo Turkey Trot. The race begins at 8 a.m. with the 4 mile fitness walk and run. Circulating in waves, runners with strollers or little ones in back packs are asked to join the last groups. A “Tot Trot” follows at approximately 9:30 a.m. and is perfect for families that live in Portland to have fun together making their way along the quarter mile course.
Beginning at the World Forestry Center, the Turkey Trotters will wind their way to the finish line inside the zoo by the Central Lawn. At the end of the race nutritious snacks will be provided for participants. Over 100 lucky finishers will be randomly selected to receive a pumpkin pie to take home to their Portland property for Thanksgiving dessert. And having completed the course they should have no reason to say “no” to having a piece or two. Sponsored by the Oregon Road Runners Club, funds raised by the Turkey Trot benefit animal care and programs at the Zoo. This annual event is the perfect way to begin Thanksgiving morning, with animals peeking out from their enclosures almost as if they know those running past are helping to support their well being. More information regarding this traditional event may be found at the Oregon Zoo Turkey Trot webpage.