Frequently Asked Questions

Issaquah Turkey Trot

What should I expect?
This event is a casual run, jog, or walk (most people walk). The route is 5K (around 3 miles), but there are lots of shortcuts if you don't want to do an entire 5K. The Turkey Trot is a way to come together as a community and neighborhoods during the holidays to help those in need and have fun. Don't forget your Thanksgiving costumes and accessories because selfies are recommended! 

Where should I park? 
There will be plenty of parking nearby: Street parking around the city, the Dollar Tree center, Boehms Pool, Clark Elementary School, Gibson Ek High School, Issaquah Middle School, and Issaquah High School.

Where is the start/finish line?

The start/finish line is on SE Bush Street at 1st Ave SE, between the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and the Issaquah Community Center. 

Do I need to check-in if I requested the "No T-shirt" option when I signed up? 
​No. We will have commemorative bibs, all with number 2023, but there are no timing chips, so if you did not request a t-shirt and don't need a bib, there is no need to check-in. Just show up and have fun!

What time does it start?

9:00 a.m. 

Will the roads be closed to traffic? 

Yes, the roads will be closed to traffic. 

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?
Yes! If your child (8 and under) wishes to ride their bike, please abide by all pedestrian and bike laws, and start at the end of the race so you will not be a hazard to walkers/runners/joggers.

Can I bring my dog? 

Yes, but please respect the following 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 hazardous to participants, other dogs, or spectators will be requested to leave.
  • All dog walkers must comply with site location rules not listed above.
  • No dogs are allowed on the Shuttle buses.

Will bathrooms be available?

Portable restrooms will be available across from the Community Center.


When/how can I register?

  • Online Registration: To be announced
  • Thanksgiving Day Registration: Open online and at event.
  • Deadline for Guaranteed Gear Order:  Shirt size and availability guaranteed for registrations before Early Bird deadline
  • Online Registration Closes: Open through the event. 


When and where can I pick up my t-shirt?  

  • Pre-event pickups to be determined
  • On race day at the course.

How much is the registration fee?

  • 11 and older (includes a shirt): 
    • $35 Early Bird
    • $40 After Early Bird deadline (to be set)
    • $45 Day of event
  • 10 and younger* (includes a shirt): $15
  • Shirt size and availability cannot be guaranteed after Early Bird deadline.

​* You only need to register infants & toddlers if they want Turkey Trot gear

Does Turkey Trot 2023 need volunteers?
Yes! We welcome teams and individuals to help with:

  • T-shirt distribution
  • Registration table
  • Route guidance
  • Gobble Wobble stations
  • Water and food at the finish line
  • Course set-up & clean-up
  • Sign-up information coming soon!

More questions?
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