Run for health, community this Thanksgiving holiday

CLARK COUNTY — Looking for a way to stay healthy and help your community this Thanksgiving holiday? Look no further. We’ve compiled a list of Thanksgiving-related runs going on next Thursday and throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. Keep reading for more details:

Vancouver Thanksgiving Run
The Clark County 5K/10K Turkey Trot, to benefit the Clark County Food Bank, has been going on since 2002. This year, the 5K and 10K runs begin at 9 a.m., Thu., Nov. 24, at Klineline Pond inside Salmon Creek Park, 1112 NE 117th St., Vancouver. Photo courtesy of Clark County Turkey Trot organizers

Clark County Turkey Trot

The Clark County 5K/10K Turkey Trot, to benefit the Clark County Food Bank, has been going on since 2002. This year, the 5K and 10K runs begin at 9 a.m., Thu., Nov. 24, at Klineline Pond inside Salmon Creek Park, 1112 NE 117th St., Vancouver.

Registration is open now and there will be no same-day registration available.

To register online, visit www.turkey-trot.org/race-details

The cost for either the 5K or 10K version of the Turkey Trot is $25. A Polar Bear Plunge afterward costs an additional $5. All proceeds benefit the Clark County Food Bank, which feeds low-income individuals and families throughout the county.

The Turkey Trot encourages runners of all ages and abilities to participate. Food, including bagels, donuts and bananas, as well as coffee will be provided at the race and runners who dress in costume (anything fun or Thanksgiving-related goes!) can win prizes. The course follows a mostly paved, clearly marked trail that starts and ends at Klineline Pond.

An annual event started in 2002 by a few Clark County families, the Turkey Trot now gathers more than 1,000 runners each year and, last year, donated enough money to buy 90,000 meals last Thanksgiving. For more information, visit www.turkey-trot.org.

Vancouver Thanksgiving Run
An annual event started in 2002 by a few Clark County families, the Turkey Trot now gathers more than 1,000 runners each year and, last year, donated enough money to buy 90,000 meals last Thanksgiving. For more information, visit www.turkey-trot.org. Photo courtesy of Clark County Turkey Trot organizers

Gateway’s 14th annual Run for the Hungry

The Gateway Church in Washougal will host its 14th annual 5K Run/Walk for the Hungry run at 8:30 a.m., Thu., Nov. 24, starting at Washougal High School’s Fishback Stadium, 1201 39th St., Washougal.

This easy-to-navigate course starts and finishes at Washougal High, winds its way through town and is staffed by volunteers to assist runners and walkers along the entire path. Parking is available at Washougal High and same-day registration and check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. at the concession stand.

Early registration (before the day of the event) is available and the cost is $25 for adults, $30 for same-day registration, $15 for children ages 3 to 10, free for children younger than 3, and $115 for a five-member team. Participants are asked to bring one box of food per person to help feed the hungry in Washougal. Additional food donations are gladly accepted.

Register online at gatewayweb.org, mail/deliver registration forms and payment to Gateway Church, 1235 E St., Washougal, WA 98671, register at the event on Nov. 24 between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m.

There also are a few early check-in events at Gateway Church for people who want to skip the day-of lines: from 1 to 6 p.m., Sat., Nov. 19; from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 20; and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 23.

The run starts at 8:30 a.m., Thu., Nov. 24, rain or shine. For more information, click here.

Hot Buttered Run

This Vancouver-based Energy Events run offers 5K, 12K and half-marathon options. All races will take place on Sun., Nov. 27, and start at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. Proceeds benefit Kids with Energy, a nonprofit that exposes underprivileged children to sports program opportunities.

The half-marathon run, which begins at 9 a.m., winds under a land bridge, through the historic Fort Vancouver area and along the Columbia River to Vancouver Lake and back again to Esther Short Park.

The 12K run also begins at 9 a.m. The 5K run/walk begins at 10 a.m. in Esther Short Park and 5K awards will be given out at 11 a.m. in the park. A children’s race will begin around 11:45 a.m. and half-marathon and 12K awards will be presented at 12:30 p.m.

For more information about the Hot Buttered Run, or to pre-register before the Mon., Nov. 21 pre-registration deadline, click here.

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