For many families, taking part in a Thanksgiving Day run has become as traditional as putting the turkey in the oven shortly after daybreak.
Residents in the South Sound have several options this year, all taking place Nov. 28.
Here are the details:
NORPOINT TURKEY TROT
Northeast Tacoma will again by the venue for the 19th annual Norpoint Turkey Trot. The event features a 5-kilometer, chip-timed run, a 2-mile non-timed run/walk and a Kids’ Trot for children ages 3-10.
The Kids’ Trot remains on the Center at Norpoint campus. Participants in the Kids’ Trot can join Norpoint staff for crafts and games in the gym while parents run/walk in the 5k or 2-mile events.
Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female winners of the 5k. All participants are eligible for random prizes given out during the awards ceremony.
The event is sponsored by Metro Parks Tacoma and South Sound Running.
When: Both the 5k and 2-mile routes begin at 9 a.m. Nov. 28.
Where: Starts and finishes at the Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave. NE., Tacoma.
Registration: The fee for both races is $25 through Nov. 22, $35 Nov. 23-24 and $45 the morning of the race. The Kids’ Trot is $10 if registered in advance, and $20 the day of the event. At South Sound Running stores in Tacoma and Puyallup, you can register for $25 through Nov. 25.
Information: 253-404-3900, metroparkstacoma.org/trot.
TACOMA CITY TURKEY TROT
This event has a 5k run/walk and 1k kids run through the Proctor District of Tacoma. It is presented by the Tacoma City Marathon Association.
Awards will be given to the top overall male and female, and the top overall masters male and female. Ribbons will be given to the top five finishers in each age group.
When: Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. Kids run starts at 10:15 a.m.
Where: Fleet Feet, 3812 N. 26th St., Tacoma.
Registration: 5k event is $35 through Nov. 25, when online registration closes; $40 at packet pick up on Nov. 27; and $45 on race day. The kids race is $10 or $15 after Nov. 25.
GIG HARBOR TURKEY TROT
The 10th annual event features 5K and 10K runs through historic downtown Gig Harbor.
The Gig Harbor Turkey Trot raises money and food items for the Peninsula FISH Food Bank and Key Peninsula Lutheran Church Food Bank. Both organizations help families in the Gig Harbor-Key Peninsula region.
The event is sponsored by Holmes Chiropractic, Gig Harbor North Rotary, Gig Harbor YMCA, Costco, Route 16 Running, St. Anthony Hospital and Kitsap Bank.
When: Starts at 8 a.m. Nov. 28.
Where: The route begins and ends at Skansie Brothers Park, 3211 Harborview Drive. It then goes out Harborview Drive, Vernhardson Street and then right along streets in the east side of Gig Harbor.
Registration: Cost is $15 plus two cans of food. This can be done online by Nov. 25. Late registration is $30. T-shirts are ordered separately for $10 (long sleeve cotton) or $15 (short sleeve tech). T-shirts are not guaranteed for day-of-race registrants.
THE OLY TROT
This family event is a benefit for the Thurston County Food Bank. Participants are asked to donate at least two nonperishable food items at the run. A monetary donation will be made from Guerilla Running in addition to food donations collected from participants.
All runners will receive a finishing medal, and awards will be given to top three male and female finishers and to top age group finishers.
The event is sponsored by Vivala, Human Body Works, Penrose & Associates, Integrated Sports Medicine, South Sound Running and Guerilla Running.
When: Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. The Tot Trot is at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Heritage Park, at the corner of Water Street Southwest and Legion Way Southwest, Olympia.
Registration: $30 or $35 the day of the race; $90 for a family of four and $130 for a family of six. Family registration discount is not available on race day. Closing date is Nov. 20 at noon.