Why Are We Doing This?


​I have been an Issaquah resident since 1983. I grew up in this beautiful city and love the community. For two years I participated in the Seattle Turkey Trot and then decided to bring the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving tradition to Issaquah. Together with my husband, Tom Matthews, we organize the trot with the help of our family, friends and a many wonderful volunteers. It's a great way to give to our local Food Bank during a season when many in our community need help. ~Heather Matthews

Registration Information

What is the deadlines for registration?

  • ​Sunday, November 9th: Early Registration Ends. If you sign up by this date you are guaranteed a t-shirt. The t-shirt order goes in on the 10th and we will only order a few more t-shirts which will be on a first come, first serve basis depending on when you sign up.

  • Online Registration will end on Thursday, November 27th at 9:00am. However, if you register online on Tuesday (25th) or Wednesday (26th) you will not have the option of choosing a t-shirt. Please come AFTER the race to the Registration booth to see if we have any extra t-shirts. 

  • Wednesday, November 26th: 12pm-8pm - T-shirt pick up at Sports Authority in Issaquah. We will also have registration forms for those who want to come sign up at the store with cash or check only.

  • Thanksgiving Day: Online Registration (no t-shirt, come AFTER race) - Day of registration, cash or check only

How much is the registration fee?
Participants 11 yrs and older - $25 (includes a tek t-shirt) 
Kids 10 yrs and young - $10 (includes a cotton t-shirt, gobble wobble card & prize bag)

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) do not get 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), bibs or prizes (except for the kids). This is really meant as a way to come together during the holidays, have fun and help out our community. 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. 

There will be designated areas for the runners, joggers & walkers to wait until their race begins.

Runner - Line up at the Start Line (Green Balloon Arch)
Joggers - In front of City of Issaquah Building
Walkers - On Lake Drive between Lowe's and Michaels (by Finish line).

Look for the signs where you should group together. Remember there are different start times for each group so the route isn't crowded and will help keep everyone safe

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? 
7: 30am – T-shirt Pickup & Day of Registration Open
9:00am - Race begins for runners
9:02am - Race begins for joggers
9:05am - Race beings for walkers
Note: The Start Line will remain open until 9:15am 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 the official start times. We will keep the start line open until 9:15am. This will be a great time to go on the trail 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.

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