Frequently Asked Questions

Registration Information

When/How Can I Register?


  • Registration is now open for the November 28, 2019 Issaquah Turkey Trot. Register today!


  • Deadline for T-shirts: Registration to guarantee a T-shirt ends on Thursday, November 10th. If you sign up by this date you are guaranteed a t-shirt. We do order extra t-shirts which will be on a first come, first serve basis. If you are able to choose your t-shirt size when you register, that means we have that size available. 

  • Online Registration will CLOSE on Thursday, November 28th at 9:00 a.m.. 


  • T-shirt/Bib Pickup:  
    You have 3 options for T-shirt pick-up:
    • Sammamish YMCA Wednesday 11/27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank Wednesday 11/27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Issaquah Community Center patio Thursday 11/28 at 7:30 a.m. 
      Please bring your confirmation email with you. We will have registration forms for those who want to come to sign up. We cannot guarantee a t-shirt for late registrations. 


  • Thanksgiving Day: Registration Booth will open at 7:30 a.m. at the Issaquah Community Center for T-shirt/Bib pick-up and late registrations


How much is the registration fee?
Participants 11 yrs and older - $30 (includes a performance t-shirt) 
Kids 10 yrs and younger - $15 (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 & Clothing Bank?

Putting on a safe and fun event requires 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 for their time, other than vendor services. All our time organizing this event is done as volunteers so the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank can receive as much financial support 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, jog, or walk (majority of people walk). The distance of the route is a 5K (around 3 miles) - but there are also lots of shortcuts if you don't want to do the entire 5K. There is no personal timing (although we do have a timer clock at the finish line) and no 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? 
There is plenty of parking! Parking is available in the following locations: Street parking around the city, former Front Street Market (now the Dollar Tree), Boehms Pool, Clark Elementary School, Gibson Ek High School, Issaquah Middle School and Issaquah High School Parking. See Map on Route Page for map. There is also a FREE SHUTTLE from the Issaquah Transit Center to Clark Elementary School. Details are on the Route Page. 

Where is the start/finish line located?

The Start/Finish line is on Bush Street 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? 
Yes please! This year, every participant 5 and older will be receiving a commemorative racing bib to wear during the route. This will ensure that only those who registered will be participating in the event. 

What time does it start? 
THANKSGIVING MORNING SCHEDULE
7:30 a.m. – T-shirt pickup & day of registration will be open on the Issaquah Community Center Patio
9:00 a.m. - Race Begins!


Will the roads be closed to traffic? 
Yes, the roads will be closed to traffic for the safety of all participants. 

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 stay toward the back until the end of the race so you will not be a hazard to walkers/runners/joggers. 

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.

  • **There are no dogs allowed on the Shuttle buses**


Will Bathrooms be available?
Yes. There will be Honey Buckets (portable bathrooms) near the Start/Finish line. There will also be portable bathrooms at the Front Street/Rainier Avenue Intersection. 


Can I go into the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank during the event?

Yes! The food bank will be open for tours, hot chocolate, and spiced cider from 7:00 to 11:30 a.m. so be sure to stop in before or after the race. Non-perishable food and financial donations are always welcome! Give today!



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