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Thanksgiving fun run trots back around Nov. 28 at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Trotters can walk or run the three mile course through Mary S. Young Park. Turkeys can run up to 25 miles per hour. Despite the name of the race, (human) participants in West Linn's Turkey Trot aren't expected to run at turkey-speed. Past races have also seen decent participation from trotters' K-9 companions.

The West Linn Thanksgiving tradition returns to Mary S. Young Park at 9 a.m. Nov. 28. The Turkey Trot provides Thanksgiving revelers the opportunity for a bit of exercise before feasting for the rest of the day. Even for those who don't celebrate the holiday, it's a fun way to get outside with friends for a good cause.

The West Linn Turkey Trot is not just a 5K run/walk. It also doubles as a food drive for the West Linn Food Pantry.

"Last year we had just over 700 people trotting through the trails of Mary S. Young Park and (we)collected 2,507 pounds of food for the West Linn Food Pantry," Turkey Trot Director Laura Jeffrey said.

Jeffery said there is no registration or fees required for the event. She just asks participants to bring non-perishable food items to donate. Participants can run, walk or both over the 3-mile trail through the park. Starbucks, Safeway, Trader Joe's, Costco and McDonald's will be on hand to provide coffee and snacks to runners and walkers.

The event is hosted in partnership with West Linn Parks and Recreation Department.


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