More than 1,200 participants braved the foggy, 36 degree morning chill to attend this year’s Turkey Trot. Bundled in mittens, hats and running shoes, Eugene trotters were warmed by the spirit of giving.
Trotters lined up for the 9 a.m. start in the Valley River Center parking lot. The 4 mile course followed the Willamette river and lead participants through Skinner’s Butte park.
Ten minutes after the 4 mile trot began, walkers lined up at the starting line to embark on a 2 mile walk. Both trotters and walkers were a diverse mix of ages and many were accompanied by strollers and dogs.
This family and dog friendly event has increased in size every year since its inception in 2011. The cold weather and acute food awareness of the holiday season makes Thanksgiving morning the perfect moment to draw support for Food for Lane County and St. Vincent de Paul.
It was truly inspiring to see Lane County families and friends come together to build and support a healthy Thanksgiving tradition. Thank you to all the participants, sponsors and volunteers who made the third annual Turkey Trot a success. I hope to see you all there next year!