The 10th Annual Seattle Turkey Trot 5K, a grassroots, family-friendly fun run benefiting the Ballard Food Bank, will be held Thanksgiving morning in Ballard’s Sunset Hill neighborhood.
The run starts at 9:00 a.m., at 32nd Avenue NW and NW 85th Street, and will end in Golden Gardens Park. This family-friendly community event will see nearly 4,500 participants kicking off Thanksgiving running with friends and family dressed as turkeys, tofurkeys and more. While it is a fun and festive way to kick off the holiday, it also provides tremendous support to a local nonprofit. Thanks to all the participants and local businesses led by Presenting Sponsor, Coastal Transportation, the Trot is expected to raise over $120,000 to support the Ballard Food Bank.
“The work we do at the Ballard Food Bank is a community effort – we’re neighbors helping neighbors. The Turkey Trot is a great way for all of us to come together as we run, walk, or trot to help relieve hunger in our community. And we’re thrilled that so many neighbors kick off their holiday with us year after year,” says Jen Muzia, Ballard Food Bank Executive Director.
The Trot was first organized ten 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,” explains Erin. “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.” From attracting 50 participants in the first year to now garnering nearly 5,000 – the Seattle Turkey Trot has grown into a popular Thanksgiving tradition for thousands of families across Seattle. Today, Fortier, Ramme, and O’Brien still host the event alongside the staff from the Ballard Food Bank. “We’re thrilled at how the neighborhood has embraced this run and how much it’s grown in a decade,” explains Matt. “This year, we’re hoping to raise more money than ever before to support those in our community who may be going hungry not only during the holidays but throughout the year.”
Registration includes a Turkey Trot t-shirt and running in costume is encouraged! To register for the Seattle Turkey Trot, visit www.seattleturkeytrot.org. Early Registration is $25; $15 for children (10 & under); the deadline for pre-registration is November 15th. Day of Registration is $35, $20 for children (10 & under). All proceeds from the Seattle Turkey Trot will benefit the Ballard Food Bank.
About Ballard Food Bank:
Ballard Food Bank’s mission is to bring food and hope to our neighbors because there can be enough for everyone. We serve individuals living in Ballard, Magnolia and Queen Anne. To achieve our mission, we provide access to nutritious foods and services that support selfsufficiency, and we advocate for food equity and justice. More than 1,200 households access the food bank each week. Of those served, 29% are seniors, 20% are homeless, and 13% are children under the age of 18. We also provide additional resources like our hygiene bar, mail services and emergency financial assistance. The vast majority of Ballard Food Bank’s funding comes from local donors and businesses.
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