Why Are We Doing This?


​I have been an Issaquah resident since 1983. I grew up in this beautiful city and love this community. For 2 years I participated in the Seattle Turkey Trot and then decided to bring the Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Morning tradition to my hometown of Issaquah! Together with my husband, Tom Matthews, we organize the trot with the help of our family, friends and a great many volunteers. It's a great way to give to our local Food Bank during a season when they need a lot of donations. ~Heather Matthews

Registration Information

What is the deadlines for registration?

  • November 10th: Early Registration Ends. If you sign up by this date you are guaranteed a t-shirt. The t-shirt order goes in on the 11th 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.

  • November 26th: Final day for online registration at 11:00pm

  • November 27th: 12-8pm - 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.

  • November 28th: 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 - $7 (includes a cotton t-shirt, gobble wobble card & medal)

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

Putting on a safe and fun event does require costs. Our largest cost of the event is t-shirts. Other costs include: website hosting, Eventbrite fees, credit card fees, route equipment (cones, flags, road closure signs), Gobble Wobble stuff, police officers, Honey Buckets, permit fees, insurance fees, water & snacks for the finish line, banners & route signs, timer rental, balloon finish line. 

It's important to note that as event organizers we 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 other 5k run/walks you might have taken part in. There is no personal timing (although we do have a timer clock at the finish line). 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. 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

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? 
The race will start at 9:00am for runners, 9:02am for joggers and 9:05am for walkers. We will be keeping the starting line open until 9:15 for those that wish to avoid the crowd. Please try to get there at least 20 minutes early if you are picking up t-shirt(s).

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? 
​Sorry, no. Because of safety reasons and the insurance policy we ask that you please leave your dogs home. We also have a lot of children that participate that are afraid of dogs and we want everyone to have an enjoyable experience.

Will Bathrooms be available?
Yes! We will be renting Honey Buckets (Portable Bathrooms) for the event.

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Issaquah Turkey Trot