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

Photo courtesy Lester Tsai

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. Rolling starts between 7:30 am and 8:30 am; Tot Trot and Diaper Dash begin at 9:15 am. Race fees range from $25-$40. Masks required at the pre- and post-running events. Sign up here.

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 at 7 pm on November 24. 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. Race fee, $35 for adults and kids are free. (Update 11/19: The Kids Fun-Run is sold out, but there are still spots for adults!)

Photo courtesy Oregon Zoo
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