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Thanksgiving run/walk provides funding assistanceto Sandy Community Action Center

COURTESY PHOTO - All proceeds of the Thanksgiving Day Tickle Trot benefit the Sandy Community Action Center. With turkey day fast approaching, so is your opportunity to help raise funds for the Sandy Community Action Center.

Thankful for your running shoes? Prove it by running or walking in the Tickle Trot 5K at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28. The event begins in the Garden Center area of Fred Meyer, 16625 S.E. 362nd Drive, Sandy.

"I think this 5K is really a community strong event," action center Executive Director Kirsten Pitzer said. "We have a lot of families show up and it's a tradition for them to start their Thanksgiving with this fun race."

Thanksgiving-inspired costumes are encouraged, and the Tickle Creek Trail course is dog- and stroller-friendly.

New to the event this year is a virtual option. You can now register and even participate in the event online. Online registration sets a suggested donation of $10, but you can donate however much you feel comfortable with if you register in-person.

"If you're out of town, don't worry," explained Pitzer. "You can do the 5K from anywhere."

If you have last minute shopping to do on Thanksgiving or plan to take a family hike, make those steps count by tracking them and logging them with your donation to the action center online at

The race starts at 8 a.m. but if you plan to register the day of the event, you should arrive around 7:45 a.m. The race will take place rain or shine. Proceeds from the run go to the action center to further its mission of helping those in need access food and financial assistance.

"It's a busy time of year for us, the holidays, even though the need is constant," Pitzer noted.

Every year the center provides Thanksgiving dinner boxes for about 200 families in need. They will assemble and deliver boxes from the Abundant Life Church at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, and are still accepting requests for boxes.

For more information about the center's efforts or the Tickle Trot, call 503-668-4746.

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