This year will be the 4th year of the Montlake Turkey Trot. The goal of this event is rooted in community building by providing a fun and healthy way to come together while helping our neighbors in need. We are fortunate to live next to one of Seattle’s most treasured outdoor spaces, the Washington Park Arboretum. We are so lucky they are willing to grant our neighborhood special privileges to use our beloved park for charitable purposes! In just three short years, we have built a race that the community treasures and have donated $63,000 to the University District Food Bank. In 2018, the donation was $30,000 and this year we are aiming for $45,000! With your help we can make this goal a reality!
With only 1 day to go, we have CRITICAL volunteer positions unfilled!!
Events of this scale require a certain level of police presence. Sadly, due to budgetary reasons, Seattle Police can not staff the event to the level required. However, they are granting us our permit to hold the event but we must provide enough course marshals to monitor traffic and ensure the safety of our runners. Of further note, because of all the growth and development across our city the Special Events Department is no longer issuing permits for new events. Luckily, the Montlake Turkey Trot is grandfathered as long as we meet the requirements. In a nutshell – our event is in jeopardy in the future if we do not provide enough course marshals.
If you aren’t running in the event and plan to be home on Thanksgiving, please consider being a Course Marshal. We need about 30, and so far we only have 13 signed up. The volunteer sign up sheet for these positions is titled COURSE CHEERLEADERS. We’ll have coffee, donuts, and hand warmers 🙂 Sign up to volunteer.