For many Portland families, running before feasting has become an annual Thanksgiving tradition.

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Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo. The Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo is a family favorite. There’s a race for everyone, from the 4-mile main event for runners and walkers young and old to the Tot Trot and Diaper Dash — 1/3 mile and 1/8 mile, respectively — held inside the zoo near the Elephant Plaza. These two are perfect for strollers and little legs. Sign up here.

Turkey Trot at the Portland International Raceway. And if you and your family want to be the very first people to see this year’s annual Winter Wonderland display at the Portland International Raceway, then this Turkey Trot is the race for you! Plus, if you’re not morning people, it’s a double win: this 5K is held the evening of November 23. The colorfully lit course weaves through Toyland and around the 12 Days of Christmas, before ending back at Ice World. Pro tip: strollers are allowed.

Sherwood Give-n-Gobble. Want to raise money to provide food for those in need while burning a few extra calories? The Sherwood Give-n-Gobble is back after going virtual during the pandemic. If your whole family wants to run, check out their family discounts. COVID cautious? The virtual option is still available to those who prefer it.

Tofurky Trot. This vegan-friendly race is for the whole family — including babies in strollers and pups! Begin the race begins at Oaks Park, and raise money to benefit Oregon farm sanctuaries.

Hillsboro Kids Turkey Trot. If your child is a student in the Hillsboro School District, consider signing them up for this annual tradition! It’s a kids-only race and 100% free.

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After you finish your race, mark your calendars for the next big seasonal event: Holiday Tree Lightings.

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