Race for Rudolph, a new Thanksgiving Day event, will benefit the Madras toy drive program

PHOTO COURTESY OF FANNY HOLLINGSHEAD - Madras Les Schwab Tire Center Manager Ron Hollingshead shows the three Rudolph toys that he will place along the Madras Trails Thanksgiving morning for Race for Rudolph participants to find.

Runners can hit the trails on turkey day for Madras' new version of a turkey trot to benefit Operation Rudolph.

"We are super excited to announce Race for Rudolph. For those missing turkey trots, this is your opportunity to get out and run Thanksgiving morning at 9 a.m.," said Madras Les Schwab Tire Center Manager Ron Hollingshead.

Les Schwab Tires is hosting the Thanksgiving Day scavenger hunt/5K race to raise money for the Operation Rudolph toy drive. The entry fee is $5, and they will also accept new toy donations.

"Les Schwab's is fantastic in their support of Operation Rudolph," said Operation Rudolph Coordinator Kim Schmith.

Race for Rudolph begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26 in the parking lot of Madras Trails, located just past Juniper Hills Park on the south side of Ashwood Road. The trail will loop back to the parking lot.

Hollingshead said they will place three plush Rudolph toys out on the trails. The first ones to reach the Rudolph toys will bring them to the finish line to win a cooler full of Thanksgiving goodies, such as ham, potatoes, chocolate, peppermint bark, apple pie, croissants and apple cider.

"It'll be similar to a 5K, but it's not an actual regular race. The goal is to go out and find where the Rudolphs are hidden," Hollingshead said. "It's a scavenger hunt slash 5K, but they will be spaced out at a distance to make it close to a 5K out and back."

Schmith said she will place a few boxes for gift donations at the Race for Rudolph starting point.

"Many families will need help this Christmas. This is our chance to have some fun on the trails and support our community. Bikers, runners, horses are all welcome," Hollingshead said.

Schmith said Jefferson County's Operation Rudolph, which the Madras Kiwanis Club oversees in collaboration with Toys for Tots, helps get toys to the neediest local children during the Christmas season.

"Our community is amazing in its generosity towards those in need, especially the children," Schmith said. "Ron came up with this idea as a way to support Operation Rudolph and encourage people to be outside enjoying our trails."


Race for Rudolph

9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26

Scavenger Hunter/5K begins at Madras Trails, located just past Juniper Hills Park on the south side of Ashwood Road.

Entry fee: $5

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