Frequently Asked Questions

Registration Information

When/How Can I Register?


  • ​Sunday, November 6th: Registration to Guarantee a T-shirt ends. If you sign up by this date you are guaranteed a t-shirt. The t-shirt order goes in on Monday. We do order extra t-shirts which will be on a first come, first serve basis depending on when you register. If you are able to choose your t-shirt size when you register, that means we have that size available. 

  • Online Registration will end on Thursday, November 24th at 9:00am. However, if you register online on Wednesday (23rd) or Thursday (24th) you will not have the option of choosing a t-shirt. You may come to a t-shirt pick up location or to the Registration booth to see if we have any extra t-shirts. Please bring your confirmation email with you. 

  • T-shirt Pickup: Wednesday, November 23rd: 11am-8pm -
    T-shirt pick up at either the Sammamish YMCA (from 11am-8pm) or at the Issaquah Food Bank (3pm-7pm). We will  have registration forms for those who want to come sign up. We cannot guarantee a t-shirt - you will get one if we have extra by this date. 

  • Thanksgiving Day: Registration Booth will open at 7:30am. 


How much is the registration fee?
Participants 11 yrs and older - $25 (includes a performance t-shirt) 
Kids 10 yrs and younger - $10 (includes a cotton t-shirt, gobble wobble card & prize at the finish line)

*Infants/Toddlers do not need to register if you don't want a t-shirt/prize

How much of my registration goes to the Issaquah Food Bank?

Putting on a safe and fun event require costs. Costs include: t-shirts, website hosting, credit card fees, route equipment (cones, flags, road closure signs), police officers, Honey Buckets, permit fees, etc. No person (including the event organizers)  gets paid. All our time organizing this event is done as volunteers so the Issaquah Food Bank can get as much money as possible. 


Do you need Volunteers?
Yes!!! Even if you don't want to participate in the run but would like to help out, we need volunteers on the day of the race. Please visit the Volunteers page for additional information on how you can sign up.


Race Day Information:

What should I expect on the day of the Turkey Trot?
This event is a casual run, less formal than most other 5k run/walks. There is no personal timing (although we do have a timer clock at the finish line), no bibs or prizes (except for the kids). This event is a way to come together as a community during the holidays to help those in need and have fun. Don't forget your Thanksgiving costumes and accessories!

Where should I park? 
You can park in the Pickering Square lots (PPC, Michaels, Office Depot) and the Costco Warehouse parking lots. If you come after 8:30am - please plan on parking in the Costco Warehouse parking lot which can be access from 11th Ave & 10th Ave. Please DO NOT park in the Holiday Inn.

Where is the start/finish line located?

The start line is located behind the Lowe's in Issaquah on 12th Ave. The address is 1775 12th Ave NW, Issaquah, WA 98027. The finish line is close to the start line. Those who are running we encourage to come early and form a line at the front of the start line.


Do I need to check-in if I requested the "No T-shirt" option when I signed up? 
No. There are no bibs or timing chips. So if you did not request a t-shirt there is no need to check-in. Just show up and have fun!

What time does it start? 
THANKSGIVING MORNING SCHEDULE
7:30am – T-shirt Pickup & Day of Registration Open
9:00am - Race Begins!
Note: The Start Line will remain open until 9:30am if you wish to avoid the crowd and start the route after the official start times.


Will the roads be closed to traffic? 
Some roads will be closed, but not all of them. Please take extra caution when crossing streets. Volunteers and Police Officers will be there to help stop traffic but please be safe. 

Can I bring my child in a stroller?
Yes. Please stay towards the back of the starting line for safety.

Can my child bring a bike?
If your child wishes to ride their bike, please start the race  after 9:10am. We will keep the start line open until 9:30am. This will be a great time to go on the route with a bike when it is less occupied.

Can I bring my dog? 

Yes, but the following are dog requirements:

  • All dog walkers must be over the age of 18.

  • Dogs must be accompanied by a registered participant.

  • Participants must pick up after their dog.

  • Dogs must have current shots.

  • All participants must agree to Waiver/Release.

  • All dogs must be kept on a maximum 6 foot leash at all times.

  • Female dogs in heat will not be allowed to participate.

  • At the sole discretion of the Event Coordinators, dogs whose behavior is unruly or might prove to be hazardous to participants, other dogs or spectators, will be requested to leave the Issaquah Turkey Trot premises.

  • All dog walkers must comply with site location rules not listed above.


Will Bathrooms be available?
Yes -  We will be renting Honey Buckets (Portable Bathrooms) for the event. There will be 2 locations on the route that will have portable bathrooms at the Pickering Trail entrance and Pickering Barn. 


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