Location: Oregon Zoo in Portland, OR
Date: Thursday, November 22, 2018
The most popular ORRC race, the Columbia Bank / ORRC Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo is a multi-generational family event. Runners and walkers of all abilities love the 4-mile, untimed outing between the Oregon Zoo and the International Rose Gardens. Participants finish inside the zoo, much to the delight of two-legged and four-legged mammals alike. The Turkey Trot also features fun kids’ events – the Tot Trot and Diaper Dash.
Check back starting in June, 2018 to register for next year’s event.
The Columbia Bank / ORRC Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo is a family event that has something for everyone. The events start at the World Forestry Center (see schedule below) except our Tot Trot and Diaper Dash that start inside the Zoo near the Elephant Plaza. Participants finish inside the zoo at the Elephant Plaza.
Approximately $25,000 of entry fees go to benefit the Oregon Zoo.
Please note: online registration closes at 4 p.m. on Tuesday November 20, 2018. On-site registrations are still available at both our check-in event (Weds November 21 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and the morning of the event – at Cheatham Hall (part of the World Forestry Center).
Event discount for ORRC Membership applies only to online pre-registration adult registration fees (not family or youth fees – they’re already discounted!)
GET A REFUND BY REFERRING FRIENDS!
Refer 5 or more participants and get a refund of $20.00 of your registration cost. Use the personal links given to you after registration to let your friends know via Facebook, Twitter, or email that you’ve registered for the ORRC Turkey Trot at the Oregon Zoo. Your friends must use your personal referral link to register in order for you to receive credit for their registration.
Awesome family rates are available (maximum 2 adults and 3 children – immediate family only) by choosing our multi-person pricing option in the sign up process. Registration info must be completed for each family member.
Early Pickup Dates
Sunday, Nov. 18 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Road Runners Sports, 29 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR. Be among the first to get your event bib and T-shirt (if you ordered one!).
Wednesday, Nov. 21 12:00 – 5:45 p.m. Cheatham Hall (World Forestry Center across the parking lot from the Zoo). Avoid the crowd on Thanksgiving morning!.
Event Timeline – November 22, 2018
- 7:00 a.m. – On-site registration opens – World Forestry Center – Cheatham Hall
- 7:00 to 7:45 a.m. – Bib and purchased shirt pickup – World Forestry Center – Cheatham Hall
- 8:00 a.m. – 4 Mile Start – World Forestry Center – additional waves every 5 minutes
- 9:30 a.m. Diaper Dash (up to 4) – Oregon Zoo Elephant House – 2nd wave 9:35
- 9:40 a.m. Tot Trot (Ages 5 – 11) – Oregon Zoo Elephant House – 2nd wave 9:45
Swag and More
Each 4 mile participant receives an awesome Turkey Trot At The Zoo finisher medal, a hand-made turkey-shaped chocolate, and the chance to win one of 150 pumpkin pies. Diaper Dash and Tot Trot participants receive a special commemorative ribbon, as well as a turkey-shaped chocolate.
An optional red long-sleeve tri-blend T-shirt is available at online registration in Women’s (S – 2 XL) and Unisex (S – 3 XL) sizes. Youth (11 and under) registrations include a cotton long-sleeve T-shirt. Some T-shirts may be available for sale at the event.
Drop bags will be provided at the event start location at Cheatham Hall to check extra clothing. Retrieve yours after the run/walk is over.
Water and Gatorade are provided on course; as well as water, Gatorade, fruit, KIND bars and hand made turkey chocolates at the Zoo finish line.
Entry to the Zoo
Only paid registrants will be able to enter the Zoo. Discounted admission is available for spectators after 8:00 AM.
Zoo entry pass for one parent for each registered Tot Trot and Diaper Dash participant is included with registration. Additional family members wishing discounted Zoo admission must purchase tickets at Cheatham Hall from ORRC on Thanksgiving Day.
Limited Parking; Take the Max!
Oregon Zoo has limited parking for a fee ($1.60 per hour after 9:30 AM). We encourage you to ride TriMet. Call 503-238-RIDE for the Holiday schedule for MAX.
No pets or bikes allowed. Strollers and child carrier backpacks allowed only in the Third Wave or Late Wave. Walkers and runners share the same course.
Please email us at email@example.com if you have further questions about this event.
Please sign up for most volunteer roles online – click here. Roles are available before, during and after (cleanup!) the Turkey Trot event.
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your group can help out or if you have questions. We’ll find the perfect job for you.
The Zoo animals and ORRC Turkey Trot committee also say a special “thank you” for volunteering with a free ORRC race entry at any of ORRC 11 annual race events that feature up to a 10K event.
Our official photos are available for past years. Click here to find yours!
Oregon Zoo in Portland, OR