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Turkey Trotters Keep the Giving in Thanksgiving

2013 Turkey Trot

2013 Turkey Trot

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.

Food for Lane County and St. Vincent de Paul are the beneficiaries of this year’s Trot. Five dollars from each entry fee will be allocated to these two organizations.

The Starting Line

The Starting Line

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.

Trotters and walkers make their way to the river trail

Trotters and walkers make their way to the river trail

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.

Food for Lane County picks up donated food brought by Turkey Trotters

Food for Lane County picks up donated food brought by Turkey Trotters

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!

A fun event for all ages!

A fun event for all ages!

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